Mark Burch (Chair)
Mark combines over 30 years of working in financial services with extensive non-executive experience in the education and creative industries sectors.
Mark began his executive career at American Express before moving to Kleinwort Benson as Assistant Director, where he oversaw a number of public company mergers and acquisitions. He later joined ING Barings, where he became first Head of Corporate Finance and then Head of Private Equity and established and led an investment group. He joined private equity investment firm ARCIS Group in 2002, serving as a Managing Partner until 2022 and overseeing the management of more than $600 million in private equity assets. He continues to act as a Consultant to ARCIS.
Away from his financial services career, he has held a number of non-executive posts, including at the Hackney Empire, Charleston Trust, Arts Educational Schools, Royal Society of Sculptors, Chiswick and Theatre Investment Fund (Stage One). Since January 2022, he has also served as a Director of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, having been nominated to the role by the Committee of University Chairs.
Mark has an MA in Modern History from New College, Oxford and an MBA from Columbia University, New York.