Mark Fox (journalist)

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Mark Fox
Born (1970-07-11) 11 July 1970 (age 45)
Nationality United Kingdom British
Alma mater St. Stephen’s House, University of Oxford
Birkbeck College, London University
St Mary's University, Twickenham
Occupation Chief Executive of the BSA
Known for Business, volunteering, mentoring, politics and journalism
Religion Anglican

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

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


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 University,[4] Strawberry Hill; 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.

Mark is an alumnus of the Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage course at the JFK School of Government,[7] Harvard University,.[8]

He also lives on the Isle of Wight, the fourth generation of his family to live on the island.

Mark is married with two children.


In 2007, at the age of 38 years, he was appointed Chief Executive of the BSA. Under his leadership the BSA has grown and increased the scope of its work, to become the recognised leading representative and research body for the industry. The BSA works with a range of businesses providing service, infrastructure, BPO, digital and IT projects across the private and public sectors.

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]

On 15 August 2015 Mark abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower,[21] Portsmouth, to mark his 45th birthday. On behalf of Age UK[22] Isle of Wight he raised over £1,500 in sponsorship for the descent.

Mark is a mentor with The Prince's Trust.

He serves as an advisor for the White Ensign Association'.[23]

Mark is a Trustee of the Classic Boat Museum.[24]

He serves as a Magistrate on the Isle of Wight bench.

He has served as a governor to three schools.[25][26][27]

Since 1996 he has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.[28] Mark is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution.[29]

He is a Freeman of the City of London.

He is a member of the Pilgrims Society.[30]

Following formational training at Ripon College Cuddesdon[31] and St Mellitus College,[32] 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.[33]

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.