Mark I'Anson is a successful entrepreneur who is actively involved in the North East business community. He is a Director of venture capital company, NF Holdings Ltd and a member of Hotspur Angel Investment Group. He is also a Director of several successful international companies − Arjuna Technologies, which specialises in cloud computing; drug discovery company, Nonlinear Dynamics; and Biosignatures Ltd, a highly innovative software based diagnostics company. Elsewhere, he is Chairman of mobile technology company, IBS Ltd.
He is Chairman of two regional charities, County Durham Community Foundation and the Haydon Bridge Development Trust.
Mark has been a member of Newcastle University's Council since 2004 at which time he was also the University’s David Goldman Visiting Professor of Business Innovation. He was appointed Vice-Chair of Council in 2009 and, subsequently, Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor in 2011.
Mark was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List 2013 for services to entrepreneurship, community engagement and higher education.