Mark Douglas

Commercial Consultant | Company Beekeeper

Mark joined the Niche team in 2019 as Commercial Consultant – taking the lead on Niche’s networking and ethical activities. Founder of Bee1 – a company that specialises in corporate and social responsibility delivery – Mark’s day-to-day work sees him focus on environmental initiatives, biodiversity, education, community and health and wellbeing, including mindfulness.

Mark is a qualified beekeeper who uses these endangered species and other pollinators to highlight our very real local environmental challenges. His Bee1 co-founder Deb Robinson is an award-winning businesswoman, colleague and great friend. 

Mark is also the former Director of NatWest Bank across Wales and Chairman / founder of NatWest Cymru. Localising a national brand and embracing the wants, needs and identities of local customers and communities, Mark’s work was recognised as he become finalist at both the Inspire Wales and Leading Wales awards.

He hadn’t envisaged returning to the financial services sector after 35 years’ service, but for Mark some genuinely exciting new disruptor companies changed that thinking. Delighted to be joining one of Wales’ best kept secrets in Niche IFA, Mark is looking forward to working with an ambitious, customer-focused, ethical company that also looks after his finances, investments and protection needs.

Mark has provided beekeeping training to various members of the Niche team, who are responsible for looking after the colonies of bees that reside on the river banks at the back of our offices. Stop by anytime for a jar of locally produced Niche honey!

Husband to best friend Deb, proud Dad to Liam and Cameron, adoring Grampa to Ruby – Mark counts his blessings every day.

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