Meet Mark

Since my first visit to Egypt aged 19, the Middle East has been my personal and professional passion.


I've travelled, studied and volunteered in the region spending time in Yemen, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Lebanon. I also had the opportunity to conduct fieldwork for my PhD in Bethlehem which focused on Syriac Orthodox Christians.

After completing my doctorate at the University of Aberdeen, I researched peace-building in Syria and the predicament of young people across the southern and eastern Mediterranean regions.

I am fascinated by the cultural diversity of this part of the world and my enthusiasm for Embrace's work, which brought me to work for them, stems from our partnership approach. It ensures you, our supporters, are helping people best placed to respond to specific local needs and situations in their own communities.


I am inspired and motivated to support Christians and their organisations which practise commitment to their neighbours and homelands as part of their witness.

Hailing originally from the West Midlands, Aberdeenshire is my current home, where I live with my wife and two young daughters. My other obsession is music; my PhD was part-funded by working as a singing waiter, so I’m always happy to sing when I come to speak about Embrace the Middle East!

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