‘Henders’ because there have been many nicknames over the years… Jimmy (Hendrix), Marko, Hendy, Hendroid, Hendo, H and Henders to name but a few. My experience has been wide ranging, primarily with a 25 year career in publishing.
Apart from currently working on my own publications for children, I’ve been involved in kids books for some time, including The Academy of Barmy Composers a series of 4 children’s books, the first of which ‘Baroque’ was written by Mark LE, illustrated by Karl Davis and published by Graffeg. ABC of Opera Ltd. encompasses a cross curriculum school workshop programme across the UK along with the books and future stage shows and musical events.
In addition, I’m an associate director at b3creative, a specialist publishing house, mainly contract publishing, within the specialist area of children and kids of all ages. Founded by James Marsh, who has worked in children’s media for over 25 years James has worked as editor of Young Telegraph, Meg@ and Disney’s Big Time, as a writer on The Funday Times and The Telegraph’s teenage T2 section, as well as in video, theatre, film and TV, and is the author of four children’s books.
A few years back, I helped as a mentor for Shanty Productions co owned by Adam Smethurst and Raike Ayola [BAFTA Best Supporting Actress ‘Anthony’ ] with their exciting new contemporary film and viewtorials for ‘A Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare directed by Adam (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
After an initial background in retail having completed the Executive Training Course at Harrods, I 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 with over 5500 copies sold to date… and where he and his wife have been the catalyst to its revival.
Mobile Interaction & QR: Back in 2005 Mark spent 3 years at the forefront (a little too far 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 logo, marketing & sales campaigns, and their slogan ‘ignite your imagination.‘ The adoption of this technology has subsequently been prolific, and implemented worldwide for everything from tracking, to ticketing & travel, brand info, marketing, mobile payments and brand protection. This is now commonly used throughout the world.
Parents & Patents: Mark spends his time in the UK with his wife Saskia, a Dutch Voice Over, and their two children Gemma, who’s Production/Project Manager for Momentum Worldwide & Christiaan who’s studying at the Philip Gaulier School in France. In addition to the publishing co., Mark also has patents pending [July 2018] for a design change to help improve the healthcare of billions of people around the world [see the blog page 17.08.2018] Hence his interest in matters of poop etc.
The Merchant’s House*: Since 2009 I also worked between London & Corfu, where my wife Saskia and I 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 2016-2021] and has just received the Booking.com Guest Award with an exceptional 9,8/10. The Merchant’s House is located in Corfu’s oldest mountain village, Old Perithia, an historic ‘Heritage Protected Village.’ In a ‘Designated Area of Natural Beauty.‘ It was recently sold to another Anglo-Dutch Couple and Saskia and I have retained some land for future plans.
Over the past 12 years we 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, BA Highlife, Easyjet Traveller, LonelyPlanet, Great Small Hotels in Greece and ITV‘s Corfu ‘A tale of two islands’ to name but a few. Saskia and I are featured in episode 2 of a new ITV series in Jan 2020 ‘Greek islands with Julia Bradbury‘.
To find out what people say about us and the B&B follow this link for reviews up until the handover in 2021… TripAdvisorReviews
Charity: I am a Trustee of the Patrick & Helena Frost Foundation, and on the advisory Board of The Anglo-Netherlands Society and have been involved in a number of charities and events for over 25 years.