Role: Trustee
First appointed: 11/2019

Profile:

Mark was born in Edinburgh and moved to the North East to study at Newcastle University.  In his early career he worked in children’s homes and assessment centres before he qualified as an accountant.  Mark has worked in the social housing sector for over 20 years; 15 at Executive level.  Until recently he was the Executive Director of Resources of a large North East Housing Association and profit for purpose business that invests its surplus in to improving its 30,000 properties and building new homes.  Prior to working in the housing sector Mark had 10 years management accountant experience working in the NHS.  Now resides in County Durham.   

An interview with … 

How long have you been a trustee for DASH and what caused you to become involved? 

Since November 2019 and I very much look forward to contributing to the continued success of DASH and identifying housing options that meet peoples needs

What does the DASH Management Committee do?

The Committee oversees and directs the running of DASH ensuring that it is well governed, well run and delivers the outcomes it has been set up to do.

What is your role and what does it involve?

As a trustee of DASH I see my role as to uphold the values and objectives of the organisation and to act with integrity in all the decisions I make.

What do you like most about your role?

Meeting the people involved:  the staff, volunteers and service users and all those connected with the organisation

What are the most challenging parts of the role? 

Although its early days I’m sure there will be some tough decisions to make along the way and it’s making sure the right decisions are made in the interests of those we seek to serve. 

What positives and challenges do you see for DASH in the current economic and political climate? 

Like most organisations, there are many pressures on funding and we need to be innovative in the way we deliver services and ensure DASH remains financially strong.