Mark worked for National Grid and its predecessor companies for nearly 20 years. In that time he demonstrated many qualities but an overriding factor was his warmth of personality and ability to look on the bright side of life. Challenges were always approached in a positive manner with a smile on his face. Mark was always keen to ensure everybody was included in activities and events at work, this philosophy and his approach is firmly embedded in the Mark Rylance Challenge.
As a Governor of his daughters’ primary school he brought these same qualities to a different area of his life, and during his time looking after the school buildings and assets he laid the foundation for moving the school forward into a sustainable future.
Mark was a dedicated family man, a lifelong Manchester City supporter, and a very good friend to many people. He was a keen cyclist often Mountain Biking in the hills close to home. He had a great sense of humour not least demonstrated by his request for the ride to start at John O Groats and finish at Lands End (the least popular direction for the ride) meaning we will be battling a head wind for most of the journey!
Mark remained very positive throughout his illness and during a brief return to work quickly became the centre of the workplace again. He is sadly missed, but fondly remembered by all who knew him.
The Mark Rylance Challenge will not only be a fantastic and exciting event but a fitting tribute to a person who always put others before himself and recognised the best qualities in everybody.