Mark Gibson joined the Civil Service in 1974 and worked in the Department of Trade and Industry, the Treasury and Cabinet Office.
Prior to the 1997 Election he was Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Heseltine.
He became a Director General in the Department of Trade and Industry in 2000, with responsibility for enterprise and innovation. Between 2002 and 2008, he was in charge of the Department’s Business Group, with responsibility for major sectors of industry, regional policy and small firms.
While at the Department he was a member of the Department’s Board and Audit Committee and the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) in its early years.
In 2009 he became Chief Executive of the Whitehall and Industry Group (WIG), a position he he held until March 2015. WIG is a charity dedicated to improving understanding between the public and private sectors. All Government departments are members, as well as about 100 companies from all sectors of industry.
Mark is also a Non-Executive Board member of Haymarket, a digital media company and of Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing.
He is married to Rachel and lives in Oxford, where Rachel is a Vicar.