"Since my appointment as a Trustee of Lumos I have begun to fully grasp the scale of the disturbing plight faced by millions of children separated from their families and placed in institutions and so-called orphanages. I have been delighted to learn about Lumos’ outstanding achievements and its vital continuing work in helping governments transform the lives of so many children. My discussions with fellow Trustees and Lumos executives and staff, from the UK and our country teams, have confirmed my initial belief that working towards deinstitutionalisation is an incredibly worthwhile cause, which will benefit children in Europe and around the world. I have been deeply impressed with the caring, passionate approach and philosophy of everyone I have met and the exceptionally high professionalism of the executives, staff and Trustees. I look forward to being part of an organisation which will change the life stories for many children in adversity, now and in the future. I will do my utmost to add value to Lumos’ work, as my predecessor Bryan Ellis did so expertly during his tenure. My aim, as Bryan’s was, is to provide expert financial support for the charity in an exciting period of its development. " After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1987, Mark worked as a corporate finance adviser at Charterhouse Bank for seven years. Following this he spent 19 years managing substantial global investment funds at Gruss Asset Management, where he was joint Chief investment Officer and managing partner.
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