Mark has been a Regional Coordinator with AENZ since October 2018. He currently works for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). He leads a national health training team delivering medical and soldier training across NZDF and to other nations supported by the New Zealand Government. He brings a huge range of knowledge and skills to animal evacuation and care.
Mark’s 28 years of commitment to the NZDF and medical industry has seen him rise to positions such as: Team Leader, Senior Medic and Senior Instructor, as well as leading teams of professionals in austere situations and environments overseas.
In 2002 Mark was awarded the prestigious, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) awarded in the New Year’s Honors list that year. This was for his work as a War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Investigator in East Timor over the period of September 1999 to May 2001.
His skills and experience in designing training and coordinating health responses to disaster response whilst serving overseas were paramount to the stabilization of the Solomon Islands in the event of a national or un-natural disaster. Mark was awarded a commander’s commendation for his design of this response whilst serving in the Solomon Island over the period of October 2010 to April 2011.
Mark has additional national qualifications in adult education, learning design, military search and rescue, sports management and health and safety.
Mark also was appointed Deputy Chairman of Animal Evac New Zealand in June 2019.