Mark Brooks OBE

Senior Communications and Policy Adviser: Men's Health, Inclusion and Domestic Abuse

Mark is a sector leader, thought leader, commentator, spokesperson and, policy and communications adviser in the fields of men’s health, inclusion and domestic abuse. He received an OBE in 2019 and an Honorary Doctorate (University of West London) in 2023 for his work in these fields.

His work includes:

His work ranges from advising employers, public sector bodies, charities, government, parliamentarians, think tanks, representative bodies and statutory agencies/boards. This includes advising on policy, marketing, communications campaigns to support help-seeking, service access and inclusion/culture change. He also writes reports, articles and speeches (including for others), and, speaks at and chairs conferences. He is regularly featured in the media and has won awards for his campaigning work.

He has played a key role in creating a men’s health and wellbeing, and, male domestic abuse sectors. This includes the government’s commitment to improving men’s health which was underpinned by his reports on this issue and on male suicide.

For the past 15 years, he has led the creation of the male domestic abuse sector across the UK through being chair of the ManKind Initiative charity. He received an OBE in 2019 for his work in this field.  Mark is also a qualified domestic abuse services manager and in the past few years has created the national practitioners’ community network for male victims and lead the development of  National Service Standards.  He is an expert panel member on a range of domestic homicide reviews for male victims of domestic abuse across England and also a member of the Government’s (DLUHC) expert panel member on a range of domestic homicide reviews across the UK.

Mark leads the world-leading International Men’s Day UK platform (a national event with over 800 organisations involved).

 He is the policy advisor for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Issues Affecting Men and Boys.  He has recently written well-received policy papers on a men’s health strategy, male suicide prevention and boys’ educational underachievement. He has been the key driver in the campaign for a Minister for Men and Boys, and a Men’s Health Strategy. This has led to recent government announcements on a men’s health ambassador, a task and finish group on men’s access to the health services and revamped NHS pages which men use. 

He is also a founding trustee of the Men and Boys Coalition charity, a network of over 120 academics, charities and leaders in the field of men’s health and wellbeing.

In the past he commissioned the very first Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 awards alongside the NS&I Quarterly Savings Survey, created its popular Premium Bonds persona ‘Agent Million’ and found the original ‘Ernie’ Premium Bond draw maker that had been stored for decades in a Wiltshire Aircraft Hanger.

Mark is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a qualified domestic abuse services manager and has previously been the director/head of communications at two large national charities.

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Mark is available to:

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Provide senior  communications and public policy support to organisations including charities, skills organisations and membership bodies

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Advise on how to run marketing, communications and public policy  campaigns to support men’s help-seeking, service access and culture change/inclusion

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Be an expert panelist on domestic homicide reviews featuring male victims of domestic abuse

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Be a member of domestic abuse partnership boards and inclusion/diversity  committees/boards

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Write articles and public policy reports

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Speak at conferences, give talks and presentations

Below are a wide range of the marketing communication and public policy campaign areas that Mark can advise on with respect to male help-seeking, service access and culture change/inclusion. 

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The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment

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Men’s health (including male cancers), shorter life expectancy and workplace deaths

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Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery

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The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody)

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The high male suicide rate

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Male victims of violence, including domestic abuse and sexual violence

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The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers

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The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers

© 2024 – Mark Brooks OBE