Mark began his working career at Rolls-Royce in Derby as a project performance engineer. He left Rolls-Royce to join the teaching profession. He gained his PGCE in secondary mathematics with distinctions in theory and practice and began teaching in a large comprehensive school in Derby in 1973. He was appointed head of mathematics in the school in 1986. In 1989, following the reorganisation of education in Derby, Mark was appointed head of mathematics at the largest comprehensive school in the area. Mark was invited to join the advisory service in Derbyshire in 1990 and served as an advisory teacher for 5 years until, following the reorganisation of the service in 1995, he left to join the mathematics team at the School of Education at NottinghamUniversity. In 1997 Mark moved to the School of Education at NottinghamTrentUniversity to strengthen the mathematics team there, initially working in the primary department before concentrating on the training of secondary mathematics teachers.
At Nottingham Trent Mark was responsible for establishing the Graduate Teacher Programme and also a very successful mathematics subject knowledge course. Mark currently works with both Derby University and Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln and for the last 6 years has been responsible for providing inservice training in mathematics for non-specialist teachers of mathematics in the East Midlands, at York St John University and in Cumbria. Mark has worked with one of the country’s leading examination bodies for over 20 years developing courses for the vocational sector in numeracy and mathematics and in functional skills mathematics. He is currently the Chief Examiner for the Cambridge Award in Mathematics. Mark has also worked for the TDA,(TTA), as the numeracy consultant on the QTS skills tests, for QCA/QCDA, as a scrutiny team member, and as an Ofsted inspector.