After completing school in Sydney and doing an automotive apprenticeship, Mark Townend moved to Queensland and spent some time in the sports and leisure industry and in 1983 opened the first of his automotive stores.
Mark spent nearly 20 years owning and building Queensland's leading independent automotive spare parts Wholesale business before moving into the animal welfare industry as CEO of RSPCA Queensland, a position which he has held since 2000. While in business he was also elected to the Logan City Council, where he spent eight years as the Finance and Policy Chairperson for Queensland's third largest city.
Mark is still involved with many community groups and is currently the Chairperson of St Paul De Chartres Aged Care, and Patron of the 80,000 member Greenbank RSL. Mark is the recipient of the Prime Minister's Federation Centenary Medal for distinguished service to the community, and was awarded an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours.