Mark was formerly Director of Strategic Communications with the Business Council of Australia, as well as Executive General Manager of Corporate Affairs with Wesfarmers Limited. Prior to these roles, he worked as a strategic communications and policy consultant advising Australian governments and corporates on political and policy positioning, and as a policy advisor and ministerial press secretary in the Victorian Government during the 1990s. He has a PhD in politics from the University of Melbourne, a Masters degree in international politics as well as a BA (Hons) in sociology. He lectures in public policy and politics at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Fellow with the Centre of Policy Development, a progressive, Melbourne-based public policy think-tank.