Yep, there have been many nicknames… Jimmy (Hendrix), Marko, Hendy, Hendroid, Hendo, H and Henders – to name but a few. Now, the most commonly used is H – but let’s get back to Mark!
After an initial background in retail having completed the Executive Training Course at Harrods, Mark went on to various entrepreneurial ventures and has subsequently been in publishing for over 25 years. He started by bringing a creative new approach to publishing for the travel & tourism market and within 3 years grew his company to be one of the UK’s leading providers of tourism & high end brand publications (including introducing the first ‘handbag’ sized magazine which combined tourism with luxury shopping.] In late 2001 Mark sold his company to Morris Visitor Publications (MVP) which established it as the largest publisher of visitor magazines in the world.
Mark has since worked as an independent publisher for the travel industry, tourism, children, arts & education and is also an Associate Director at b3creative, a leading children’s publishing specialist. His publishing company was selected to produce the ‘Official Souvenir Guide to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Grounds.‘ A few years ago he ventured into children’s books, designed and published 3 books from a lost & abandoned idea of stories for young children, which received a foreword and the support of Julian Fellowes. As a passion project Mark also wrote The Official Guide to Old Perithia [Corfu’s Oldest Village]… where he and his wife have been the catalyst to its revival.
Mark is also working with Terry Deary [Horrible Histories] on a couple of projects, one a new book series, and the other his kindly being involved in a potential new stage show for ABC of Opera Productions Ltd. (of which Mark is a Director) working title ‘The Academy of Barmy Composers’ (based on a true story) supported by WNO and the Arts Council Wales, and loosely following on from the upcoming short series of books of the same name, to be published in 2019 by Graffeg.
Opera, Music & Education for Children:
Mark is an associate director at b3creative, a specialist publishing house, mainly contract publishing, within the specialist area of children and kids of all ages. The company was founded by James Marsh, who has worked in children’s media for over 20 years – including stints as editor of Young Telegraph, Meg@ and Disney’s Big Time, and as a writer on The Funday Times and The Telegraph’s teenage T2 section. James has also worked in video, theatre, film and TV, and is the author of four children’s books.
The Academy of Barmy Composers by ABC of Opera Productions Ltd., (of which Mark is a founding Director) is a series of 4 books, supported by cross curriculum school workshops across the UK along with a stage show & musical events. The books are due to be released in 2019, and work is at the R&D stages under the direction of Mark Llewelyn Evans and supported and endorsed by Welsh National Opera and Arts Council Wales. More news on this as it happens…
In addition to Opera and Education for kids, Mark helped as a mentor for Shanty Productions with their exciting new contemporary filming of ‘A Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare directed by Adam Smethurst (now available on i-tunes & amazon prime.) The film, starring Sheila Atim, provides the potential portal for a whole new approach to teaching Shakespeare, with an interactive app. in production for schools & educators worldwide. Here’s the link to the trailer!
Mobile Interaction & QR: Back in 2005 Mark spent 3 years at the forefront (a little too ahead of the curve it turned out) of the emerging development of mobile interaction, with the first app that turned your mobile phone into a 1, 2 & 3D QR|DM code reader simply by pointing your phone at a code, on screen or in print. Having branded UpCode and created their initial marketing & sales campaigns ‘ignite your imagination‘, the adoption of this technology has subsequently been prolific, and implemented worldwide for everything from tracking, to ticketing & mobile payments and brand protection.
Parents & Patents: Mark spends his time in the UK with his wife Saskia, a Dutch Voice Over, and their two children Gemma, who’s an Event Coordinator for Momentum Worldwide & Christiaan who’s a HotJar Hero (and does Improv & Stand-Up comedy.) In addition to the publishing co., Mark also has patents pending as from 17th July 2018, for products that are in daily use, with a major design change to help improve the healthcare of billions of people around the world [see the blog page 17.08.2018]
The Merchant’s House*: Since 2009 Mark has also worked between London & Corfu, where he and his wife purchased, restored and created, the first B&B on the island – that soon became one of Greece’s Top 25 places to stay [TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award Winner 2016-2018] The Merchant’s House in Corfu’s oldest mountain village, Old Perithia, an historic ‘Heritage Protected Village.’ In a ‘Designated Area of Natural Beauty.’ Over the past 8 years they have been gently bringing back to life, achieving many awards and accolades from the international press including; the London Evening Standard ‘Homes & Property‘ GREC14N Official Magazine of Fraport Airports, The ‘Best Hotels in Greece’ Telegraph Travel, The Independent, Times Travel, DKChoice Eyewitness Guide Corfu, Fodor’s, RoughGuides, BAHighlife, Easyjet Traveller, LonelyPlanet, Great Small Hotels in Greece and ITV‘s Corfu ‘A tale of two islands’ to name but a few.
To find out what people say about Mark (and his wife Saskia) follow this link… TripAdvisorReviews
Mark is also a Trustee of the Patrick & Helena Frost Foundation, on the advisory Board of The Anglo-Netherlands Society, and has been involved in a number of charities and events for over 20 years.
Are you still here?
Okay, then here’s more info… Mark does Yoga, loves London, cycles (to coffee shops) bakes traditional sourdough, makes kimchi, loves theatre, loves cats & dogs, walks a lot, loves seeing his ‘kids’, can’t sit still for too long, loves people, loves eating out but, equally loves cooking, loves films, music, London, and is getting more and more into opera, loves finding solutions to problems, is an entrepreneur and keeps inventing things, oh… and does some charity stuff too as mentioned above.
During Mark’s long career, in no particular order… he also created the first Pet Superstore concept for the UK ‘PetCare Stores,’ introduced and sold ‘Chuck-its’ to numerous dog owners, had sole distribution for Vasu [a flat vase] in association with DZD (in Tottenham Court Road,) was the first Gentile to train staff & sell duty free cosmetics and perfumes in Ben Gurion airport [Tel Aviv, Israel], was one of the youngest mens clothes buyers in the UK at 21, worked at The Evening Standard on new homes & commercial property, was a top 50 salesman in the UK for Audi/VW, has sold taxis, buses (and almost) caravans to Japan, worked as an allocator at an outsize dress manufacturers in Brixton and was offered the opportunity to take over the business, organised transport logistics for UBM Pratt logistics, worked in and ran various pubs
Attempted to be a roller skater waiter in Tel Aviv, made gold jewellery, received an NDC in Retail Distributive Trades, was the buyer for, ran and managed a chain of high end menswear high stores, was social chairman of the Chorleywood Cricket Club and occasionally still plays for the Chorleywood Strollers (used to play hockey at Rickmansworth Hockey Club) also played 5-a-side football at Arsenal indoor ground with a bunch of showbiz guys, was Hon Sec, and is now on the advisory board of the Anglo-Netherlands Society, a Trustee of the P&HFF, had many ‘travels with my aunt’ and probably a few more things that may still spring to mind.