Mark began his business career as a shipbroker, before becoming joint owner of a marine consultancy and ship management company, which was sold to Aminex plc. Following the sale, he ran Aminex’s procurement and oilﬁeld service business, Amossco Ltd. In 2002, he joined HSBC Insurance Brokers as a Business Development Director, eventually becoming Head of Energy, then, Head of Africa, before HSBC sold its insurance subsidiary in March 2010.
Mark then established Samphire & Associates Ltd, a consultancy and advisory services business focused on African related businesses. He served on the board of a range of companies including Britain Nigeria Business Council (2007 to 2009), the Business Council for Africa (2009 to 2015), Resolution Insurance (2014 to 2015), Phoenix Africa Development Co Ltd (2010 to 2019) and Leon Africa (2012 to 2016). Mark has also been a mentor for the Women-Led Business Programme run by Femmes Africa Solidarité. Since 2016, Mark has been on the advisory board of Moshe Capital, a South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment woman owned advisory and investment firm, with whom VSA Capital has formed a strategic alliance. Mark holds the FCA Controlled Function CF30.