Mark was elected to the Queensland Parliament in 2009 after a career of 26 years mainly in the fields of education and charity management.
Since entering parliament as the LNP Member for Cleveland (now known as Oodgeroo), Mark has formerly served as the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees and as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Apprenticeships and Trade Training. He has served on the Members Ethics and Parliamentary Privileges Committee and Transport, Local Government & Infrastructure Committee and Transport, Housing & Local Government Committee. He currently serves as an Executive Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Assocation.
Prior to entering parliament, Mark has worked in various education roles - as a lecturer, TAFE teacher, research assistant, tutor in indigenous education and as a university chaplain. Besides his achievements in education, Mark's public service record and organisational management credentials are significant. Mark has worked at an international level in the management of charitable programs working with orphans, children and youth in Asia, Europe and the USA.
Mark's education includes a PhD at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, a Masters degree in International and Asian Studies at Griffith University, a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marine Biology and Zoology from James Cook University, and a Diploma in Christian Ministry.
Mark and his wife Julie and children live in the Redlands. He is a keen fisherman, tennis player and dedicated family man.
Mark is passionate about protecting and improving the Bayside lifestyle of the residents of Cleveland District. He is committed to working hard for a better Bayside.