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Meet Mark 

Article by:  
Rose Adderley  
Marketing and Communications Assistant | ACH Bristol w/ Mark Harris 
What did you do before coming to ACH? 
For the past decade I have worked in the Welfare to Work and Skills sector in a wide variety of roles, starting off as an Employment Adviser with Ingeus and going on to work in Business Development and Operations Management positions for companies including Seetec, PeoplePlus and Groundwork. Before that I was a 7.5 tonne delivery driver and wannabe music producer! 
 
Why did you decide to come to ACH? 
Thankfully, Osman contacted me via LinkedIn to see if I would be interested in my current role. At the time I was actively pursuing opportunities outside of the industry, but after researching ACH’s work, values and leadership I was intrigued – and after meeting Osman, Richard and John Wells in person I became genuinely excited about the potential make a truly meaningful contribution to society with ACH. Also I lived in Bristol for 6 years, it’s my favourite city and I love the fact that I now have a great excuse to be down there more often. 
Mark Harris, Regional Business Development Manager (West Midlands) 
What project are you working on for us? 
A little bit of everything I’m pleased to say. My primary responsibility is to develop and grow the non-housing business in the West Midlands, however this naturally includes ensuring that our current BBO and SSU contracts are performing well operationally. This in turn means also making sure that the constituent parts of our Birmingham and Wolverhampton operation – Housing, Support, NCS and Himilo teams – are working together to deliver the most efficient and high-quality service to our tenants and learners. I’m popping up all over the place. 
 
What is it that you want to achieve? 
I want to do everything within my power to help ACH to fulfil the enormous potential that I see everywhere throughout the organisation. This really is a great company, and we can all achieve so much together. I want to be a part of that. 
 
What are you hoping to gain from Ashley Housing? 
A positive working environment and a sense that I am working for a cause. 
 
What is your proudest moment in your career? 
Going from delivering carpets for a living, never having worked in an office, to managing a team of 20 Welfare to Work staff in only 18 months. It was flipping stressful, mind. 
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