Managing Director, PA Training
Mark is Managing Director of PA Training, the training division of the Press Association.
PA Training offers journalism diploma courses for new journalists seeking to work in news, sport or magazines: (www.becomeajournalist.co.uk) and a programme of short-course and bespoke training in the areas of Public Relations and Communications, Reporting and Writing and Social Media and Digital Skills (www.pressassociation.com/training/)
Mark’s career in journalism, as an indentured trainee reporter for Greater London and Essex Newspapers, began in 1980. It involved study at Harlow College towards what was then known as the NCTJ Proficiency Certificate. So, Mark’s relationship with the NCTJ goes back more than 30 years. More recently he’s also been a member of their Qualifications Board.
Mark joined PA from the BBC where he was Head of Training for the BBC Academy, responsible for the delivery of training to more than 20,000 staff and freelancers.
He’d worked for the Corporation for 27 years, starting as a local radio producer in Southend and moving on to work in regional television and Radio 5 Live where he became a senior programme editor working with some of the best-known names in broadcasting.