New Director at Gateshead College

In his new role as director of people and organisational development, Mark will be responsible for managing the provision of HR services at the college. His remit covers a wide range of areas including recruitment, employee engagement and people development.

During his 25 years in the HR industry he has built up a wealth of experience in performance management, competence and behavioural frameworks, recruitment, training and learning and development.

Mark, from Bedale in North Yorkshire, said: “I am thrilled to join this exciting, forward-thinking organisation. Gateshead College has an ambitious vision for the future and wants to shape the next generation of entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

“I was only too happy to join a people-focused organisation which puts its students first by giving them the tools to build a successful career.”

Judith Doyle, the new principal at Gateshead College, said Mark would be a welcome addition to the organisation as it looked to cement its reputation as the college of choice for students and staff.

She said: “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Mark’s calibre on board. His skills will be invaluable to us as we focus on providing quality training to equip young people with the skills and personal attributes needed by employers.

“Mark will be a key figure for us as we work to take forward our vision of creating the most sought-after employees and innovative entrepreneurs of tomorrow. He is a commercial and pragmatic HR professional who understands how integrated people and HR processes can really drive success within an organisation.”

Mark started his career with betting and gaming specialist Ladbrokes, where he had various line manager roles before moving into training and development. He moved on to travel group Holidaybreak where, as recruitment and training manager, he established a training function from scratch and was a member of the executive management team.

In 1999 he joined retail firm Ethel Austin and climbed the ranks to become HR director, helping to steer the company through a management buyout before joining Rosebys as commercial director in 2006.  

One year later he joined law firm Cobbetts as head of HR and business improvement, staying there for almost five years before taking up his current role at Gateshead College.

Mark has a master’s degree in human resource development and a diploma in training management. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning.