Mark Brooks OBE

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

About Mark

Mark Brooks is an award-winning senior policy and communications adviser on men’s health, inclusion and domestic abuse. This includes specialist expertise on men and boys’  marketing communication campaigns supporting help-seeking, service access and inclusion/culture change. He received an OBE in 2019 and an Honorary Doctorate (University of West London) in 2023 for his work in these fields.

A son of a van man from South East London/Kent, he was the first in his family to ever go to university and over the past 25 years has developed a highly successful communication and public policy career for national financial services organisations, membership bodies and the third sector. He now applies this expertise and experience in the field of men’s health, inclusion and domestic abuse.

 He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a qualified domestic abuse services manager. He has been the Director/Head of Communications at two large national charities –Shaw Trust and Education and Training Foundation

 Amongst his other roles include being the head of media and public relations at National Savings and Investments/Premium Bonds. He won a national CIPR award for his Premium Bonds campaign.

 He regularly speaks at conferences, on national media and advises a range of public bodies, think tanks/policy makers, government departments, academics, employers and charities. 

 He is now a national leader and voice in the field of men and boys’ wellbeing and the barriers they face. He holds these current roles:

  • Conference chair, commentator and speaker on male inclusion, health and wellbeing issues – from broad issues affecting men and boys through to specific areas such as men’s health, male suicide, boys’ education, domestic abuse,  International Men’s Day and public policy
  • Advising organisations on their equality, diversity and inclusion policies and communications with regard to men as employees and customers  
  • Policy advisor for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Issues Affecting Men and Boys 
  • Speechwriter, ghostwriter and policy advisor for a number of MPs
  • Chair of the ManKind Initiative domestic abuse charity
  • Co-founder and trustee of the Men and Boys Coalition charity
  • National Lead Organiser and Ambassador for International Men’s Dayin the UK.
  • Member of the Government’s (Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Department) expert panel on safe accommodation for domestic abuse victims
  • Expert panel member on a range of Domestic Homicide Reviews on male victims of domestic abuse across England

He was awarded an OBE in 2019 for his charity work in supporting male victims of domestic abuse, the first in the UK ever to do so. He was recently interviewed for The Times Radio’s national leaders feature by Jon Pienaar.

 

Mark’s roles include:

Chair of the ManKind Initiative charity

The leading UK charity providing support to male victims of domestic abuse and championing the needs of men and their children who need to escape from abusive relationships. He created the national practitioners’ community network (MDAN),  led the development of National Service Standards for male victims in the UK and also advises Government, agencies, academics and employers in this subject area  (including the implementation of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021). He is currently a member of the Government’s (DLUHC) expert panel on safe accommodation for domestic abuse victims and is regularly in the media speaking on this subject.

 Co-founder/Trustee of the Men and Boys Coalition charity

Launched in Parliament, the Coalition is a 100 strong charity consisting of third sector organisations, academics and professionals focussing on improving the wellbeing of men and boys in the UK – including boys’ education, men’s health, reducing suicide and tackling homelessness, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

National Lead Organiser and Ambassador for International Men’s Day (IMD) in the UK

National Organiser for IMD in the UK as a way of promoting issues affecting men and boys’ wellbeing, raising awareness of men and boys’ charities and to celebrate their contribution to their family and to society. Now marked by over 400 organisations in the UK every year, 195,000 tweets and endorsed by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Mark is also one of the six UK Ambassadors.

 Policy Advisor for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Issues Affecting Men and Boys

This APPG created in 2021  is aimed at raising awareness of about challenges faced by men and boys in the UK today. He has been the lead author on three well-received reports on the challenges faced by boys in the UK today (described by Kemi Badenoch MP in Parliament as a “seminal report”), men’s health, male suicide prevention and boys’ educational underachievement.  

Director of Communications at  Education and Training Foundation  and Head of Communications at Shaw Trust.

Previous professional roles include being responsible for the marketing and communications for these two large charities including the latter’s membership body. Other roles have included being Head of Public Relations at National Savings and Investments, winning a national CIPR Award for a hugely successful Premium Bonds campaign.

Statement on Times Article 2023.

 

Recent key successes of Mark’s policy and campaigning work include:

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Lead author of the “A Boy Today”, “The Case for a Men’s Health Strategy” and “Preventing Male Suicide” reports for the All-Party-Parliamentary Group on Issues Affecting Men and Boys.

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Leading role in the campaign for a national men’s health strategy. 

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Key lead for  International Men’s Day in the UK to be the biggest celebration of this event in the world. This includes creating an employer guide

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Persuading the Women and Equalities Select Committee to support the creation of a national men’s health strategy.

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Leading role in the creation of the Crown Prosecution Service and Home Office Male Victim statements.

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Successfully advising Government and campaigning for changes to the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. 

 

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Creating the national practitioners’ community network (MDAN) and leading the development of National Service Standards for male victims in the UK.

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Creating a guide for local councils to support their statutory duties on the Domestic Abuse Act. 

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Concept creator of award-winning #violenceisviolence video and won a national CIPR award for his Premium Bonds campaign.

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Campaigning for a strategy called “Ending Intimate Violence Against Men and Boys” as a parallel strategy to “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls”.

© 2024 – Mark Brooks OBE