Mark Whitaker – Lost Woods Community Development Worker

Mark grew up in north-west England and after living in Bristol moved to Sussex in 2008. He now loves living in a friendly village community with space and nature close to hand.

Mark started his career at Trafford Education Authority, and then worked at the Soil Association organic farming charity in Bristol where he managed the team supporting organic farmers and growers and those converting to organic methods. More recently Mark ran the office and supporter communications for an international development charity fundraising in the UK for clean water, education, health and agriculture projects in rural Zambia.

Mark joined AiRS in late 2021 working to make a difference closer to home, with the Queen’s Green Canopy tree planting project, encouraging people to plant trees in East Sussex for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. He is now a Community Development Worker on our Lost Woods Project.

Mark’s hobbies include walking, mountain biking on the Downs, and sometimes running.  He also enjoys DIY, making furniture and growing vegetables.

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”