Mark England

Jonathan Mark England OBE (born 29 April 1959)[1] is a British sports administrator. He was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to Sport.[2]

Early lifeEdit

England was born in Ystalyfera in South Wales (Neath Port Talbot). He moved to Hong Kong when he was seven, attending Glenealy Junior School, and the Island School.

On his return to the UK, he attended Kenilworth Grammar School (became Kenilworth School), and South Warwickshire College of Further Education (since 1993 Stratford-upon-Avon College) in Stratford-upon-Avon.

He studied economic history at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1981. He then undertook a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) in recreation at the University of North London, followed by a master's degree in leisure and tourism from the same university.


He has worked with the Sports Council (now called UK Sport) and Sport England.

Team GBEdit

He was chef de mission of Team GB at the 2016 Olympics, being appointed on 29 April 2014.[3] He was also chef de Mission for Team GB for the 2015 European Games (the inaugural European Games), and a deputy chef de Mission at six previous Olympic games.

He was awarded the OBE for services to Sport in the 2017 New Year Honours having led the Great Britain Olympic Team to its most successful Olympic Games in modern history.

In April 2018, the British Olympic Association announced that he would be chef de Mission for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1989 he married Stephanie Culham in Farnham, Surrey, with whom he has three sons. The marriage ended in divorce after 15 years in 2004. In 2008 England started a relationship with his partner Helen Other with whom he has three further sons.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Chef de Mission of Team GB
April 2014 -
Succeeded by