Mark Rhodes trained in audit with Deloitte where he specialised in charities and financial services. Upon qualification he moved to Forensic Services. At Deloitte and, subsequently, Ernst & Young he worked on criminal defence, fraud investigations and civil litigation, especially completion accounts disputes.
He moved into the arts/charity sector in 1998 when he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as a management accountant. He then took up the position as Finance Director at the Young Vic where he worked on the successful ACE capital bid for the rebuilding of the theatre. He moved to the National Theatre as Financial Controller before joining Sadler’s Wells as Finance Director. Over 14 years Mark led the finance function as Sadler’s Wells was transformed from a receiving house to a commissioning and producing house, touring productions around the world. He managed the financial planning of a major capital refurbishment of the Rosebery Avenue site, and led the financial planning of a successful bid to DCMS for substantial extra revenue funding for the new Stratford site.