Mark started his apprenticeship in 2003 with the firm and attended Edinburghs Telford College. Mark from early in his career had shown a willingness to learn and be the best in his field. This was shown by his performance and ability when entered into regional, national and international competitions to which he excelled. Capped off by winning two gold medals at Worldskills Calgary Canada 2009.
During his short career Mark had shown a great level of competance and organisation and was promoted to foreman in 2008. Since then he has gone on to become a director with the firm and like his father enjoys working on site ensuring that the companies high standards are met on a daily basis.
Much like his father Mark believes in apprenticeships and keeping the traditional skills alive by teaching them to his apprentices. Keeping the skills going that were passed down to him making sure that even the new additions to the trade can produce levels of work that will match the standards required.
Mark specialises in the arts of graining, marbling, sign-writing, stencilling, guilding and free hand brush work. As well as being extremely competent at hanging all types of wallcoverings and the application of many materials using both airless and conventional spray systems. Mark has been responsible for overseeing many projects and is used to making sure that jobs are carried out on time and to specification. As contracts director Mark also makes sure his men carry out all works to a very high professional standard. Mark constantly strives for perfection and 100% customer satisfaction.
2003 - Telford College 1st Year Apprentice of the Year
2003 - Scottish Association of Painting Craft Teachers Craft Winner
2004 - Telford College 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year
2004 - Scottish Association of Painting Craft Teachers Craft Winner
2004 - Scottish Young Painter of the Year (Skillbuild Scottish Heat)
2004 - Scottish Young Decorator of the Year (Johnstones Scottish Heat)
2005 - Telford College Advanced Craft Apprentice of the Year
2005 - Scottish Association of Painting Craft Teachers Advanced Craft Winner
2005 - British Young Decorator of the Year (Crown paints and Skillbuild)
2005 - British Young Painter of the Year (Johnstone’s paints)
2009 - Gold Medalist in Catagory of Painting and Decorating, Calgary, Worldskills
2009 - Gold Medalist for Highest UK Individual Score, Calgary, World Skills
2009 - Winner of Young Scot of the Year – Heritage Category
2010 - Awarded City and Guilds Licentiateship Award for World Class Practitioner in Painting and Decorating
2010 - Awarded a Fellow Membership into the Faculty of Decoration
2010 - Awarded 1st Prize for Best Grainied Panel in International Graining and Marbling Competition
2012 - Awarded 1st Prize Best Grained Door in Decorative Arts Weekend