Mark Garnier: Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest
Mark Garnier was elected to Parliament in May 2010, after showing a high degree of commitment to Wyre Forest since he was selected as the Conservative candidate in January 2004.
Mark’s experience before politics was in finance and business. After leaving Charterhouse in 1981, he embarked on a career in the City of London, starting as a junior clerk on the floor of the old Stock Exchange in the UK Government Debt, or Gilt market. In 1986 he turned his eye to the equity markets of the Far East, where he spent the next 13 years in various investment banks, specialising in the emerging markets of South East Asia and, to a lesser extent, the wider emerging markets of the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Latin America, whilst based in London.
Mark left the investment banking world in 1999, setting up his own businesses in investment management, in which he still has an interest.
It was during this period investment banking and investment management that Mark gained his experience of economics, business investment, and regulatory issues – an experience that is invaluable both in his role on the Treasury Select Committee as well as dealing with local business and economic issues in Wyre Forest.
More recently, Mark has worked as a business consultant, helping SMEs with strategic planning.
Outside politics, Mark is a governor of Kidderminster College – a role he has held since 2005 – as well as sitting on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London (a City Livery company whose primary function is the pursuit of excellence in the automotive and aviation industries through charitable bursaries).
Mark is also a keen target rifle shot, and enjoys squash, tennis, cycling, historic motor sport, sailing, flying and photography.
Mark is married to Caroline and together they live with their three children Edward, Jemima and George near Clows Top.
You can find the full details of Mark's expenses claims to date on the IPSA website here. Search for 'Mark Garnier'.
Mark and Caroline Garnier
David Cameron meets Mark and District Council candidates
Mark and pensions campaigners.