2023 Top 100 Influential People List

19 December 2022

Top 100 influential people

Mark has been announced as one of the winners of the Top 100 Influential People of 2023! 

The awards are new and were created to highlight and reward truly influential people who affect and impact society today, across a broad range of sectors. The guiding principle is that people who are genuinely making the world a better place need to be encouraged, thanked, and given every opportunity to get their message out.

Mark joins an illustrious group of winners which includes Steven Bartlett, founder of Social Chain, sculptor Sir Amish Mikhail Kapoor CBE,  Dame Sharon White, Chairman at the John Lewis Partnership, the Olympic gold rowing medallist James Cracknell, Ben Francis CEO of Gymshark, and even Joe Wicks!

Mark has been a huge influencer in the field of social mobility for two decades.

He opens up unprecedented opportunities for disadvantaged young people, is benefitting business, investing in UK plc and creating a more positive, skilled and talented workforce.

He genuinely revolutionised the way businesses support young people and education, which has resulted in an additional £200m being invested.


He has worked with 250 businesses, charities and government organisations, delivering real social impact at an unprecedented level and overwhelmingly focused on deprived areas.

His focus areas are: skills, jobs and opportunity; fairness, diversity and empowerment; health and wellbeing; environment and climate change; the arts.

Example programmes:

  • With Hyundai (since 2022): £500,000 this year going into supporting and funding school trips
  • With Sky (2019): more than doubled recruitment of BAME graduates within a year
  • With Duracell (2018+): The Big Battery Hunt in primary schools has prevented 14.6 million batteries going into landfill – the target was to recycle 1 million
  • With P&G (2017+): more than 1 million girls have received free sanitary products to stop ‘period poverty’ keeping them out of school

More than 18 million young people have benefited directly from his work.

The full list of 100 winners and their bios can be found in this link below.


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