Mark Affonso is Head of Finance at the Science and Technology Facilities Council. He leads the finance business partnering team supporting STFC in managing its world class research, innovation and skills programmes, ensuring strong financial governance as a member of STFC’s Executive Board. He is the key interface with the wider finance function of UK Research and Innovation.
After graduating in 1985 from Magdalen College, Oxford, MA (Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Mark trained in accountancy with Price Waterhouse before joining the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, an inter-governmental organisation providing information and research services for agricultural development. Over 18 years with CABI, he provided financial oversight of a large portfolio of projects implemented by their international network of research centres in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. From 2002 to 2005 he was Head of Corporate Finance at CABI’s headquarters in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
Mark joined STFC (then CCLRC) in 2006. Playing a central role in the overall management of the finance function, he has supported a wide range of departments including the National Laboratories, Programmes Directorate, Corporate Services and Business and Innovation. He has been intensively involved in systems and process development and in the preparation and review of business cases for major projects, He is the STFC finance lead on the UK boards for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), currently two of STFC’s largest international collaborative projects.
Mark has a long-standing commitment to STFC’s innovation and campus development initiatives. He has contributed to both the Harwell Campus and Sci-Tech Daresbury joint ventures from their inception and serves as a director on the public sector partner boards of both campuses. He is also a director of STFC Innovations Limited, which manages STFC’s investments in its portfolio of technology spin-out companies.