Ehlinger, Mark (Carr, 1977)
Sophie Clayton

Email - mark.ehlinger@oldgiggleswickians.org.
Contact Number - 07740 781338

Introducing myself:

I have had a career in Banking and in Retail Financial Services, operating in London and Manchester. In early 2k, I founded, grew, and later sold a related industry business providing training, e-learning products & services and risk mitigation solutions to FCA regulated businesses. After the sale of my business, the acquirer invited me to join it. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, I operate today in a division of the Standard Life Aberdeen Group, heading up the Regulatory and Professional Services within a subsidiary business, in the West Midlands.

I am married to Suzy, a practicing solicitor within a national Firms where, coincidentally, two OG Past Presidents, also practice. We have a son and daughter. My son is a sound recording engineer, and a DJ, based in Manchester, and my daughter, also an OG, works in the hospitality sector in London. For wellbeing and relaxation, I run and train at Leamington Cycling & Athletics Club, and ParkRunner. For more strenuous cardio-conditioning, I watch Man City play. To get away from it all, we like to fly out to Mallorca for a few days in summertime, and to celebrate and see in the new year in Palma or in Soller, on the island.

In 2019, I captained the Team GIGGL entry to the 67th Thames Hare & Hounds Alumni Race on Wimbledon Common, and with support from all quarters, I headed up the admin for the 2020 LAR 5K inter-private-school running series, and for the Gigg Lock-Down Art series, each of which provided a focus for OGs and their family members during the 1st Lockdown period in 2020.

I ran Scarrig in 2019, and planned to run the event in 2020, with a handful of OGs and Parents, but it wasn’t to be. We’ll do this together, one day.

What is my role and contribution to the OGC:

I was President Elect from 1st July 2018 and was elected as your President in June 2019. Since passing the Presidential Chain to the current President, Gary Hartley, I have chaired a small steering group which, with the assistance of many OG survey responses, has informed us and encouraged us to refresh the events calendar which can extend to our overseas based OGs, and, to launch new opportunities for younger OGs to enjoy – Sport, Culture, Social, and Networking.  

In late 2020, I was privileged to interview, record and release the Podcast with the late Patrick Swann, who donated the Swann Shield for Outdoor Pursuits, which prize is awarded each year, at Speech Day.

How do I plan to make a difference:

I propose to continue to make a meaningful contribution to the modernisation of the OG events calendar, and to encourage others to support and assist in what I believe will be a 3-Year change management programme, the end of which will be a global, vibrant Alumni organisation, which enables a symbiotic relationship between Giggleswick School and all its OGs.

I will do everything I can to attract young and not so young OGs to engage with the OG, through the key cornerstones – participative sports, cultural events, networking, and attractive social events and carefully selected event venues, which OGs will enjoy attending.