After graduating from Leicester University, Mark Haysom had a thirty-year career in newspapers, during which he rose from trainee journalist on a small local weekly newspaper in the north of England to Managing Director of Mirror Group. In 2003 he moved into education as Chief Executive of a large government agency (the Learning & Skills Council). With a staff of 5,000 and a budget that ultimately reached £14 billion, he remained there for six years – working closely with a succession of Secretaries of State, including Charles Clarke, Alan Johnson and Ed Balls.
In recent years he has served on the boards of a number of charities dedicated to overcoming poverty and disadvantage and is currently Chairman of one of the UK’s leading addiction charities, Phoenix Futures. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Leicester University in recognition of his career in newspapers in 2005 and the CBE in 2008 for his contribution to education. Mark lives in Brighton with his wife, Ann.
His first novel, LOVE, LOVE ME DO was published in 2014 and his second, IMAGINE, in 2015.
2003-2009LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL
1997-2003TRINITY MIRROR plc
Managing Director, National Newspapers
Regional Managing Director, Midlands, Wales & South
Regional Managing Director, Wales & South
Managing Director, Western Mail & Echo Ltd, Cardiff
1992-1997THOMSON REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS
1993-1997Managing Director, Western Mail & Echo Ltd, Cardiff
Managing Director, Thomson Free Newspapers
Deputy Chief Executive, Reed Southern Newspapers
1987-1989Managing Director, South London Guardian
Director & General Manager, South London Guardian
1984-1986Editorial Director, South London Guardian
LINCOLNSHIRE STANDARD GROUP
Editor, Scunthorpe Star series
1977-1979News Editor, Scunthorpe Star
Trainee reporter, Grimsby News
RETAIL NEWSAGENT TRADE MAGAZINE
2005-2011HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS
Non-Executive Director: HMRC is the government department that brings in £430 billion of tax revenue for the nation and it has a staffing level of 85,000.
2009-2014 ST GILES TRUST
Non-Executive Director: The Trust helps offenders to break the cycle of re-offending by providing training, advice and guidance and help to find sustainable housing. The Trust also runs high-profile and award-winning programmes to help young people escape the South London gang culture.
2010 to datePHOENIX FUTURES
Chair: Phoenix Futures is one of the UK’s leading providers of services for people with drug and alcohol problems. Phoenix provides services within the community, in prisons and in residential settings in England and Scotland. Through their wide ranging services and the expertise of their staff they provide support for their service users at every stage of their recovery.
2010-2012 AFFINITY SUTTON
Non-Executive Director: Affinity Sutton is one of the country’s biggest and most successful providers of affordable housing with more than 55,000 homes and 161,000 residents.
2011 to 2014 ACTION AID
Non-Executive Director: Action Aid is a £70m a year rights-based charity devoted to working with local people in 40 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas to fight hunger, to seek justice for women and education for children, and to cope with emergencies.