Mark is married to Tracy and they live in the village of Grandborough, close to Rugby. He grew up in Binley Woods and Shilton in a large family with five brothers, attending Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby and later Reading University where he obtained a degree in Estate Management. Mark is a retired Old Laurentian Rugby Player and tries to watch England at Twickenham whenever he can.
Mark and Tracy have four children, two girls and two boys. He started his own business, with his brother Mike, in 1982 supplying a range of products to the catering trade. The business occupied four sets of premises in Rugby and grew to a turnover of £4.5 Million employing 30 staff based in Rugby. In mid 2008 the business was acquired by a FTSE100 company.
Mark was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in nearby Nuneaton in 2004 to fight the general election held in May 2005, where Labour's majority was slashed from 7,500 to 2,200 with a swing to Conservative of 6.2%. He was then selected for the newly formed Rugby Constituency seat in 2007 and went on to secure a victory at the polls with a majority of exactly 6,000 votes at the General Election in 2010.
Since being elected Mark has dealt with a wide range of issues brought to him by Constituents and raised some of these matters in Westminster whenever possible. He is a Member of the Department for Communities & Local Government Select Committee, and has joined All Party Groups on Manufacturing, Micro-Businesses, Packaging, Small Business, Sewers & Sewerage and Rugby Union. Mark plays for the Lords & Commons Rugby Team and highlights Rugby the town as the ‘Birthplace of the Game’ whenever he can.
Mark has also enrolled in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which benefits him in gaining experience as to what life is like for the Armed Forces and their families.