Mark Rowland

Chief Executive

Mark was appointed as the Mental Health Foundation's new Chief Executive in October 2018.

For three years previously, Mark was the Foundation's Director of Communications and Fundraising, and has overseen a significant growth in profile and income for the organisation.

He was raised in Rwanda and, after finishing university, spent 15 years working for a range of international development NGOs – on fundraising, marketing and communications.

Mark's first job was to run a campaign for a British man, James Mawdsley, who had been imprisoned for a peaceful protest in Burma. After 17 months in solitary confinement, James was finally released and Mark had worked himself out of a job.

He went on to take a role as Deputy Director for the charity before spending a year working with refugees on the border between Burma and Thailand. From there, he worked for Christian Aid and Voluntary Service Overseas, helping both organisations grow their income and developing new ways to expand their reach and impact.

He returned to university to get an MBA a few years ago and has an active interest in social finance and social enterprises.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys running, golf, football and tennis.