Mark Snell KSG
Along with his wife Anne, Mark is the original founder of Walsingham Support. They have two sons, the younger of whom, Matt, has a learning disbaility.
Back in 1980 he sold his Travel Agency business to work with people with learning disabilities at the St. Joseph Centre in Hendon.
During his time there, he became increasingly aware of the concerns of parents with children with a learning disability as to what would happen when they, the parents, died or were unable to care for them.
In January 1986 Mark left St. Joseph's, and with Anne, set up what was then known as Walsingham Community Homes. His previous management experience coupled with his knowledge of people with learning disabilities and his understanding of the concerns and fears of parents fitted him ideally for the post of Chief Executive.
Under his leadership Walsingham Community Homes grew from an idea to a charity providing care and support to over 200 people.
Mark retired in 2005 and became Walsingham Supports Honorary President in 2007, and in the same year was awarded a Papal Knighthood for his work with learning disabilities.