Mark leads on our portfolio of assurance work in the international development sector where he facilitates the provision of a range of audit, investigation, and due diligence assignments for a wide range of globally operating public sector clients. With over 20 years’ operational experience working in and understanding the development sector our clients included governments, programme implementers international charities and NGOs. Using over 12 years’ experience working across Africa, he deputises on the RSM UK Africa desk.
A trained baker, Mark eventually joined the civil service as a compliance inspector, headed a risk and intelligence team before moving to internal audit and fraud later spending 3 years working with the EU delivering training in Poland, Romania and Turkey. He has an MSc in Audit and Consulting and is a qualified Internal auditor. Mark spent six years as a director of the UK Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors and remains actively involved in the profession including involvement in IIA Global committees.
When asked why he is passionate about his job, Mark says:
I absolutely love what I do. I have a brilliant team who are like my extended family, my role is diverse and immensely rewarding. Ultimately our role is to ensure funds provided by donors to the very poorest and disadvantaged in society (who do not have access to structured safeguards) benefit in the way the donor indicated, minimising funding loss and improving control systems. The work is so diverse we have fraud risk assessed the supply chains into Syria and Yemen for a major UN body, support the auditor general on the largest ever investigation in Malawi and counted goats in Zimbabwe!
Anyone who knows Mark will know he loves Land Rovers, recently importing one he ‘came across’ on assignment in Sierra Leone.