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Mark Driving Up Standards (22/12/08)
The new Chair of the Scottish Branch for the Trading Standards Institute is Mark McGinty, a Trading Standards Officer with The Highland Council. Mark has begun his year in office by promising to liaise closely with colleagues throughout the Country and provide a voice for all at a national level.
Mark follows in the footsteps of previous Highland Chairs, namely ex-Head of Trading Standards Nigel MacKenzie and ex-Director of Trading Standards, David Thompson MSP.
Born in Dundee, Mark graduated a B.A. in Applied Consumer Studies at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh. Following brief spells in student employment, he began his working life in 1992 as an Assistant Enforcement Officer with Lothian Regional Council. After gaining the Diploma in Consumer Affairs and becoming an Enforcement Officer, he worked for the City of Edinburgh Council.
Mark left Edinburgh in 1997 to work for Angus Council as a Trading Standards Advisor and moved to The Highland Council in 2003 where he is currently employed as a Trading Standards Officer.
Mark has just returned to his substantive post after an extended secondment to his Chief Executives’ Business Improvement Team where he contributed towards The Highland Council’s completion of the Scottish Government's Shared Services Diagnostic and developed initial benefit plans for what is now the Corporate Improvement Programme.
In recent years Mark has been actively involved in the work of TSI, in particular the Scottish Branch, being Executive member, Conference Director, Education Secretary, Vice-Chair and now Chair of the Scottish Branch and serving on TSI Council in a Branch capacity. Mark is also an Internal Verifier and Assessor within the Trading Standards Qualification Framework and has current responsibilities in these roles for four Highland Council candidates.