Mark has a commitment to the outback developed over a period of 20 years of living and working in the region. He first arrived in the region in 1993 as a Constable with the South Australia Police and, over nine years, was stationed at Leigh Creek, Marree, Innamincka, Marla, the Pitjantjatjara Lands, Coober Pedy, Woomera, Roxby Downs, Andamooka, William Creek and finally at Oodnadatta.
Whilst in Oodnadatta, Mark also served as the Chair of the Oodnadatta Progress Association (1999-2002) and shortly afterwards accepted the position of Community Development Officer with the Outback Community Development Trust based in Port Augusta. Shortly afterwards, Mark took on the role of Manager and, in 2010, took on his current role.
Mark is the General Manager of the Office for the Outback Communities Authority (OCA), a South Australian Government Statutory Authority responsible for community development and limited ‘local government’ service provision in the out-of-councils area of the state.
Mark’s knowledge of the region and its people is widely acknowledged and his input is frequently sought in developing regional policy, ranging from economic development to drought response to infrastructure provision.
In 2018 Mark was elected as Chair of the Regional Development Australia Far North Board.