About me

Welcome to my blog, a growing and evolving collection of my thoughts, ideas, experiences and suggestions on the work and lifestyle of a CEO working in the not-for-profit sector.

From top left: With Molly (my dog); The Georgian Ambassador to the UK; Visiting the Chelsea Pensioners; With Dr Frank Thies, Aberdeen University; Dr Mark Downs CEO Royal Society of Biology; At JJ Fox Cigars in St James (Churchill’s Birthday celebration); Escaping at Escape-London having cracked the Di Vinci Code; Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market; With my Fabulous wife 

My inspiration for this blog comes from two sources: Firstly, I have found being a CEO it can be difficult to find online resources to support me simply because ‘one size’ of CEO does not necessary fit all – for example there are many differences to being a corporate CEO to a charity CEO, as there are differences between a charity CEO and not-for-profit CEO. Whilst some similarities in leadership and finances are extant in all CEO roles, I am more interested in identifying and exploring the unique aspects of not-for-profit life.

Top Left: Cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in Boston USA; Boston American Nutrition conference; Visiting Cascais Portugal; Dr Frank Richter, Horasis Global Leaders; San Diego; Glasgow Royal College of Physicians; Stephen Metcalfe MP; His Ecellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan in Dubai

Secondly, and perhaps more light heartedly, I am always interested in lifestyle issues which impact my generation (middle aged men). Many of these are inevitably linked to my career such as travel (UK and international), volunteering, health and fitness and even choice of appropriate clothing (for example selecting clothes/building a wardrobe which is both ‘age appropriate’ and matches my lifestyle and the challenge of doing so in a world seemingly obsessed with ‘dressing down’ to a level past generations would have called slovenly!).

Top left: Green Park London; Cambridge University Press colleagues; The Dolphin in Thorpeness Suffolk; with my old friend Franco (cutting my hair since 1979!); Crick Institute London; Tomoca Coffee Shop in Addis Ababa; African Nutrition Conference in Ethiopia; Addressing the Conference in Ethiopia; Breakfast in Heathrow Airport

I am also something of a traditionalist, believing in ‘old-world’ manners and civility being desperately needed in today’s unnecessarily hectic world.

From top left: Royal Academy London; The Importance of Being Ernest production in Ipswich; Presenting a science prize at Notting Hill Girls School; Parliament – Vote 100 celebration; House of Lords annual science luncheon; Coleraine, reviewing a body fitness scanner; New York; The Met in New York; Boston Nutrition Conference, with my German colleague Heiner

I have decided to chart my journey in this blog – I hope it helps you, and I would ask in return you respect my views and opinions. That said, I welcome feedback from those of you sharing a similar journey.


Top left: Westminster Abbey, Battle of Britain Service; Tbilisi Georgia addressing the new Georgian Nutrition Society; Walking Molly Ipswich waterfront; An evening at Ipswich Waterfront; My Godson Lloyd’s wedding; With Terry baxter, CEO Inspire Suffolk; Steve McCall, Ipswich Town UEFA Cup winner; Parliament Vote 100 celebration; With my beautiful wife Sue; Florence; Ralph Lauren restaurant, Chicago; With the wonderful Antonio, The Italian Shirt Shop (many of my clothes come from here); Cascais, Portugal; With Molly; Sailing on the River Orwell; Tweed and Dog; Prof Francis Zotor from Ghana; Royal Society of Medicine in London 

1 Comment

  1. Ian Fellows says:

    Dear Mark,

    I came here via your Instagram page. It’s a pleasant coincidence to see someone else adopting the safety razor, Filofax and fountain pen. I have reacquainted myself with each of these in 2018.

    Sadly, though, with a modest income and two children under the age of ten, slowing down must wait.

    Bon courage,



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