After receiving a scholarship to study journalism, Mark worked as a reporter in England for 13 years. During that time he interviewed numerous celebrities and politicians, from Star Wars’ director George Lucas and former UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee.
While editor of the Harwich Standard in England he produced the title’s largest-ever edition in its 125-year history, launched a number of campaigns and significantly improved sales. He was also fortunate enough to win several awards for his writing.
In 2004 Mark moved to Thailand. After being the IB Diploma Coordinator at Garden International School (www.gardenrayong.com), he moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2019, where he is head of senior school at Australian International School (www.aisvietnam.com). He continues to write features and stories for various publications in Southeast Asia and beyond.
Mark has dragged his backpack to more than 40 countries and penned guide books for Lonely Planet, Insight Guides as well as many travel websites.
Mark’s features and photographs have appeared in:
- The Guardian
- The Sun
- The Telegraph
- Lonely Planet Thailand (editions 13, 14, 15 and 16)
- Lonely Planet Discover Thailand (editions 1 and 2)
- Lonely Planet: Project You
- Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (editions 15, 16 and 17)
- Lonely Planet: Cooks, Clowns and Cowboys
- Lonely Planet: World’s Best Brunches
- Lonely Planet: The World’s Best Spicy Food
- Lonely Planet: Best of 2011
- Reveal magazine
- Bangkok Post
- The Nation (Thailand)
- IB World
- Cambridge University Press
Master of Education (Distinction), University of Nottingham
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (International) With Merit, University of Nottingham
Dip.(TM) TESOL / College of Teachers DipCoT (TESOL)
BA (2:1 Hons) English Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London
National Certificate of Journalism, NCTJ
A levels (English Language, English Literature, History)