Mark sits on the board of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand and is a member of the International Council for Small Business.
Mark served for seven years as the inaugural Victorian Small Business Commissioner (VSBC), the first such position in any jurisdiction in Australia. The VSBC model implemented by Mark is widely regarded as best practice and he has been consulted by those states which have subsequently introduced their own small business commissioners.
In 2011, Mark was named the Council of Small Business of Australia’s (COSBOA) National Small Business Champion for his work in guiding and developing the role of Small Business Commissioner in Victoria.
In 2010 Mark was appointed Director of Liquor Licensing in Victoria, having served as the VSBC since 2003.
Subsequently, Mark served as the inaugural full time Chairman of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, established to deliver integrated regulatory functions for liquor and gambling.
In 2013, he became the Australian Small Business Commissioner. Mark completed this post in 2016.
Mark has owned and operated his own small business as Principal of MA Brennan and Associates. The firm provided advice to government on legislative reviews and policy issues. It also advised businesses and industry membership groups on government relations.
Mark has previously held a range of roles in the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments including as Executive Director of Small Business in the former Department of State Development. Mark has also worked as a barrister and solicitor in private practice.
Mark is highly respected across all levels of government and by the business community.