Mark is a self-employed accountant who spent almost 30 years working as a senior-level tax inspector for HM Revenue & Customs. He has significant experience of dealing with tax-related matters at individual, corporate and multinational levels and, more recently, was involved in HMRC’s drive against offshore tax avoidance.
Mark is a committed trade union activist and has been a member of the FDA union since the day he began working. During his time with HMRC he was a Personal Caseworker for the trade union, assisting members who were experiencing difficulties with their employer. Mark became a national-level union officer and, until recently, had responsibility for running a UK-wide network of TU personal caseworkers. He has accordingly developed a wide range of skills, representing union members in various formal and disciplinary situations up to and including Employment Tribunal.
Worked for over 30 years for a leading insurance company in their head office. My last two positions was running a department of approx. 60 staff and then
serving on the management committee of a project rolling out a new computerised accounting system nationwide. Having successfully completed these tasks was then made redundant along with most other long serving managers.
Then for 5 years as a paid job ran an indoor sports complex with several hundred members.
Finally retired back to Deal some 10 years ago and in that period have been Secretary and now Chairman of Betteshanger indoor bowls on a voluntary basis. Some three years age became a trustee of Dover and Deal Volunteer Centre where my wife volunteers on the transport desk.
Xanthe currently works as a consultant, supporting public and third sector organisations with fundraising, project development and delivery. Xanthe holds an MSc in Spatial Planning, and has worked on a wide range of projects over the past decade, including the provision of planning advice and development of High Street regeneration schemes. Until recently she also practised as a Solicitor, specialising in crime, and has an extensive insight https://kcv.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/GetImage-10.pnginto offending and the workings of the criminal justice system through her work as a Duty Solicitor.
Xanthe founded and leads a social enterprise called Discovery Planet which partners with Universities and working scientists to deliver science communication events through pop-up events at the heart of disadvantaged communities (discoveryplanet.co.uk).