Mark Fox (journalist)

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Mark Fox
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Born (1970-07-11) 11 July 1970 (age 44)
Brighton
Nationality United Kingdom British
Alma mater St. Stephen’s House, University of Oxford
Birkbeck College, London University
St. Mary’s College, University of Surrey
Occupation Chief Executive of the BSA
Known for Public policy analyst and journalist
Religion Anglican
Website

BSA Website

Mark Fox on Twitter

Mark Fox (born 11 July 1970) is a British businessman, journalist and public policy analyst.

He is Chief Executive of the BSA - The Business Services Association, London, UK.[1]

Early life[edit]

He attended Brighton College'[2] where he was a member of the Royal Navy section of the CCF'.[3] He holds degrees from three universities - B.A. in English, Theology and Religious Studies from St. Mary's College,[4] Strawberry Hill, Surrey University; a B.Th. from Oxford University, where he was a member of St. Stephen's House:[5] and an M.Sc. from London University, where he read British Politics & Public Administration at Birkbeck College. His tutor was Professor Ben Pimlott.[6] He started but did not complete a Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London. He has also taken short courses at the JFK School of Government,[7] Harvard University, and St. Martin's College of Art,[8] University of the Arts, London.

Career[edit]

Before the BSA Fox had a varied career in business, journalism and politics.

With his friend Iain Dale he founded Biteback Media Ltd, owners and publishers of the political magazine Total Politics.[9] He was a Director of the business until it was sold.

He joined the BVCA - The British Venture Capital Association[10] as its Director of Communications and Public Affairs in 2001, and from June to November 2007 he was co-responsible for running the organisation following the departure of the Chief Executive.

Fox was Assistant Private Secretary to William Hague MP during his first year as Leader of the Conservative Party, having been a member of his leadership campaign team. Prior to this he was a political advisor to Rt. Hon. Virginia Bottomley MP (now Rt. Hon. Baroness Bottomley) as Secretary of State for Health and Secretary of State for National Heritage.

He undertook NCTJ[11][12] training at Harlow College (1988–89) and, for six years, he was a 'Lobby' Correspondent[13] for two UK national newspapers, the Sunday Express and subsequently The Mail on Sunday.

Briefly at the start of his career he did spells with Hill & Knowlton and GJW Government Relations Ltd.

He has written for various publications including Island Life,[14] Total Politics,[15] Forces Weekly, Public Servant[16] and ConservativeHome,[17][18][19][20] and does occasional broadcasting.

Public and voluntary service[edit]

Fox is a volunteer with The Prince's Trust and the White Ensign Association'.[21]

He has served as a governor to three schools.[22][23][24]

Since 1996 he has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He is a Freeman of the City of London.

He is a member of the Pilgrims Society.[25]

Following formational training at Ripon College Cuddesdon[26] and St Mellitus College,[27] he was ordained into the Church of England on the 29th June, 2013 at St Paul's Cathedral by the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres.[28]

Political activity[edit]

At the 2005 General Election Fox was the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He was Research Secretary of the Bow Group and Member of the Council, 1994-1995. For a period he worked for MPs Peter Bottomley and Peter Ainsworth.

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