Mark Waddington worked at the BBC for thirty years In the 80s He became a familiar voice in the North East working as news presenter on BBC Local Radio, BBC Look North and BBC Radio Four in the North.
His passion for writing and the spoken word led to him becoming a national BBC ONE announcer from Television Centre in London where he worked alongside some of broadcasting’s most familiar voices.
Mark’s first TV production role was with Songs of Praise as assistant producer and director. By the mid 1990s he was established as a brand building and promotions producer with BBC Broadcasting and Presentation. As team leader he was responsible for multi award winning creative for the BBC News channel, BBC Parliament, promotional campaigns for Panorama and BBC Regional programming. BBC Broadcast became Red Bee Media where he continued to work until 2007.
Mark joined ITV in 2007 to launch ITV local in Yorkshire. ITV Local was national network of local news websites which promoted a greater level of participation in news-making and built connections with local communities.
In 2009 he established his own media education business becoming involved in community development and communications training with schools, churches and other community organisations. He maintained his link with the BBC and has worked with the BBC Word Service Trust (now BBC Media Action) to deliver training in the Far East, Ukraine and Nigeria.
Currently he is Chief Executive of Wellsprings Together, a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, supported by Allchurches Trust and other funders.