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Mark Richardson has operated in the world of finance and accountancy for 36 years. Since retiring from Deloitte, the international accountancy firm where he was an audit partner for 19 years, Mark has had a number of non-executive and trustee roles for a variety of commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

For the last 7 years Mark has been the co-opted member of the Natural History Museum audit and risk committee. At the Natural History Museum he helped set-up and was the initial chairman of the Natural History Museum Development Trust, a separate fundraising trust for the Museum, he remains a trustee.

Mark is the treasurer and trustee of ICAN, a specialist charity to help children with speech and language difficulties, a role he has had for 6 years. During his tenure at ICAN Mark has been part of an active Board which has had to wrestle with the twin challenges of recession and Government cut-backs as well as significant reforms in the world of speech and language teaching and support.

Since 2008 Mark has been a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Big Yellow Group plc, a FTSE 250 company offering self storage solutions to individuals and businesses.

For the 29 years between 1979 and 2008 Mark had a variety of roles at Deloitte from articled clerk to senior audit partner. His clients covered a wide range from large commercial companies to not-for-profit organisations.