Mark has been the County Councillor for the Alton Rural Division, comprising all the villages around Alton, since 2005 and was re-elected once again in May 2017. He is a Trustee of The Gilbert White House and Oates Museum in Selborne and the Farringdon, Perrins and Wield Educational Trusts. At the County Council, as well as busily representing his constituents, Mark chairs the Hampshire Pension Fund Panel and Board, the Members Code of Conduct Panel and is a member of both the Audit and Culture and Communities Committees. Mark is thoroughly involved in all rural issues. He is married to Lucy and has three sons and twin grandsons.
County Councillor for Alton Rural