Mark Wood is a service user from Birmingham. Before mental illness necessitated ceasing paid employment, Mark worked for many years in management roles within children's social services and trained as a social worker. Alongside the paid employment, Mark was an active trade unionist with Unison, the public service trade union, holding positions at local, regional and national levels. Having used the services of Sandwell Mindsince 2005 and helping to represent the views of service users to the organisation, Mark was invited to join their Board of Trustees in 2012. The organisation has since changed name to Kaleidoscope Plus Group. In 2015, Mark was elected as a public Governor of the Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust