Mark Strachan

Mark Strachan

Summary

Successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Achievements include:

  • Founder of an AIM floated company with revenues of zero to £25m in 12 months
  • Raised £35m in float and 2 acquisitions in 8 weeks
  • AIM Newcomer of the Year 2000
  • Personally raised £6m from sponsors to create 3 new City Academies
  • CEO and/or Chairman of 5 companies since 1995

Interest

  • Not For Profit - climbed Kilimanjaro 3 times for charity assisting to raise over £200k
  • Trustee of Special Effect Charity
  • Music - from Puccini to Led Zeppelin
  • Croquet - Irish Champion (1973)

Work History

Work History
Jun 2006 - Feb 2008

Founder and CEO

Piste Activities Limited

Piste Activities operated in the Alps in Meribel, Courchevel, Val d'Isere, La Plagne and Verbier supplying unusual experiences to skiers. These included Picnics by the slopes in specially dug-out snowtables, Igloo Dinner Parties in Val d'Isere and GPS SatNav to show skiers all routes around a resort.

May 2005 - Jan 2008

Non-Executive Chairman

In2Games Limited

Led the management team to £2m VC funding. Company owned patents for 3D devices, allowing players of Nintendo, PlayStation and XBox to play 3D games such as Golf, Bowling and Tennis.

Mar 2001 - Mar 2006

CEO

Entertainment Software Charity

The Entertainment Software Charity (ESC) is the official charity of the UK Computer Games Industry. Mark led this charity to become one of the leading supported of education for disadvantaged children in the UK. It invested £400k to support 14 Specialist Schools in disadvantaged areas of England and £6m for 3 new City Academies in Paddington, Westminster and Banbury. The sponsors were the ESC itself, the Exilarch's Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation.

In addition, the ESC paid to rehouse all Sri Lankan orphans who lost both parents in the Tsunami.

Mar 1999 - May 2002

Founder and Chairman

Gameplay PLC

Had idea that computer games could be "rented" or "sold" down the internet, since buying the boxed unit can be expensive. Formed the Management Team from scratch and orchestrated flotation on AIM in August 1999 raising £30m. At the same time,  he acquired a division of BT (who them became a 10% shareholder) and a fullfilment house in Leeds. Over the next few months, he made 7 acquisitions across Europe making Gameplay one of the largest B2B and B2C brands in the UK, Spain, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Dixons and Sky both became investors. Won AIM Newcomer of the Year in 2000.

The company was caught up in the "Internet Bubble" with a soaring share price and then a falling one. The company was sold in 2002

Jun 1984 - May 1995

Founder and Joint Managing Director

Domark Software

Founder and Joint MD of Domark, one of the first UK computer games companies. Titles included games based on:

  • James Bond 007
  • Star Wars
  • Empire Strikes Back
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • The Official F1 Game
  • Williams Grand Prix Team

Company sold to Eidos in 1995, when Eidos went from USM to the Full List.

Education

Education
Sep 1977 - May 1980

BA in Economics

Reading University
Sep 1972 - Jun 1976

Rugby School