Mark Russell Anderson commenced as Chair of the University’s Board of Governors on 7 October 2016. Mark is also a member of the Finance and Resources Committee, Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee.
A graduate of the University of Cambridge and Ashridge Business School, Mark’s executive career spans over 30 years’ in the publishing and multimedia sectors, primarily with Pearson PLC and its subsidiaries. Prior to leaving Pearson in 2016, he led Pearson's UK business, including its Edexcel and BTEC qualifications brands, its university partnerships and Pearson College. He was previously responsible for Pearson’s international schools and higher education business units, as well as international strategy and business development.
After joining Longman (a Pearson subsidiary) as Editor in 1984, Mark became Managing Director of Longman Training UK in 1990, responsible for managing Longman’s stand-alone multimedia management training subsidiary. From 1993 to 1997 he was Development Director, Longman Asia Pacific, leading the development of Longman’s Asia-Pacific Business Strategy, and then Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Pearson Professional Ltd, responsible for Pearson’s multimedia information business throughout Asia and Australia.
After executive positions with KKR / Spalding & Evenflo (a provider of children’s consumer goods), Morris Communications and Patientline PLC (a provider of multimedia services to the NHS), Mark returned to Pearson in 2007 as Development Director of Pearson Assessments and Testing, later serving as President, Pearson Language Tests (2008-2010); President, Pearson Strategy and Business Development (2010-2011); Interim President, Pearson Europe (2011-2012); President, Schools and Higher Education and Strategy & Business Development (2012-2013); Managing Director, Pearson UK (2014-2016); and Senior Vice-President, Global Growth (2016).
Mark was a governor of De Montfort University from 2012 to 2015. He chairs Created Academy and Bibliotech Education in London, and EDIA and Squla in Amsterdam. He is also a non executive director of Higher Education Partners and a Fellow of Hughes Hall Cambridge. He is the author of The Leadership Book (FT Publishing, 2e 2013).