Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers and in a military career lasting almost 40 years saw regimental and operational service worldwide. He held a variety of high level appointments and prior to retirement in 2012 served on the Army Board as the Adjutant General.

Sir Mark is now pursuing a portfolio career as a non-executive and independent consultant and currently holds non-executive positions in various companies. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, a Trustee with the Nuffield Trust, and a Patron of The Royal British Legion Hampshire, Champion of the Defence Medical Welfare Service, the Ulysses Trust and the Veterans in Action charities. 

His interests focus in the main on sport, sadly increasingly as a spectator rather than a player, but he still plays cricket and he is an Honorary Vice President of the Army Rugby Union.