Mark Atkinson, Scope

Mark joined Scope in October 2013 as Director of External Affairs responsible for communications, public policy, brand, digital and marketing. He was subsequently appointed Chief Executive in June 2015.

Mark has predominately worked in the third sector undertaking communications, policy and strategy roles for organisations including Citizens Advice, Youth Sport Trust and Ambitious about Autism. He spent three years working for the Local Government Association in both Westminster and Brussels. He started his career as National Vice President of the National Union of Students.

Mark is a Trustee of Prisoners Abroad, a human rights and welfare charity providing humanitarian aid, expert advice and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment.

Panel discussion: How do you achieve social change in the current climate?
With money tight, and the sector facing decreasing levels of public trust it can seem like an insurmountable challenge for charities to push for real social change. Our speakers will examine these concerns and discuss possible solutions.