Mark’s early professional career was in media and advertising, before embarking on a seven year journey in the third sector, working with some of the largest charities in the UK and growing a fundraising consultancy. With a desire to affect change on a bigger scale, in 2003 he joined the then Department for Trade and Industry and started a new life as a policymaker. He has led a wide range of activity, from simplifying employment law and reducing regulation to transforming the support system for the 5.5 million small businesses in the UK. He is now overseeing delivery of the UK's National Cyber Security Strategy, to ensure the capabilities are in place to protect both security and economic interests in an increasingly digital world. His tech interests date back to programming on a Sinclair ZX81, dial-up BBS and Mosaic web browsing.