Mark Jones is happiest when he‘s hosting awards, sportsmen’s dinners & fundraisers, because they’re his specialist subjects!
He‘s been the Master of Ceremonies at countless events around the world, from awards to business summits, ’live‘ TV programmes, fundraisers, concerts & many more. He fronted a successful ‘sportsmen’s-dinners-for-the-troops’ tour in 2000 across war-torn Kosovo with England World Cup winners; he’s even hosted the world-renowned dog show ‘Crufts’, at the NEC (now the ‘LG Arena’) in Birmingham!
In just one 12 month period, Mark appeared in Brunei, made three trips (coast to coast) across the USA, plus trips to host events in Malaysia, Portugal (twice), Germany (twice), Switzerland (twice) & Hungary. This meant 41 flights & over 123,000 miles. In addition to those appearances, he continued to host events around the UK.
Mark is regularly Master of Ceremonies for Manchester United’s Player-of-the-Year awards, amongst others. He’s been live MC for Sky Sports’ Masters Football since 2001, hosting all their televised tournaments across the UK, plus those in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei & Macau in China, presenting the live TV interviews too. Mark has also covered Rugby League & cricket, featuring on Channel 4 & Sky Sports on the ODIs, Test Matches & County games around the UK, where he conducted the TV interviews with Sir Ian Botham, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, David Gower, Michael Holding & the late, great Richie Benaud.
In 2001, Mark was much too close (just four blocks away) from New York’s Twin Towers during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He spent the rest of the day as a Salvation Army volunteer helping Emergency Services; for the rest of the week, he reported ‘live’ from Ground Zero for UK radio.
Mark Jones has unrivalled experience as one of the UK’s top radio presenters. He made his name at Liverpool’s Radio City during their illustrious heyday, became an award-winner (with a Sony®) for his hosting the ‘Biggest Solo Concert in history – Michael Jackson at Aintree Racecourse-where he entertained the crowd of over 125,000 all day from the stage. He was regularly voted ‘Presenter of the month’ & has received many accolades from the Variety Club of Great Britain, where he is a long-standing Barker. Mark also covered Manchester United, Glasgow Celtic & Liverpool FC’s pre-season American tours for UK radio. After several successful years broadcasting on the two huge Century FM regional stations (now Smooth FM), Mark returned to host a daily UK-networked Magic programme. He was also regularly heard on Manchester’s Magic 1152 (formerly Piccadilly Radio). He even spread his experienced wings (and tonsils) overseas, and featuring on American radio stations WEFT & Q-96 in Champaign, Illinois, where he hosted the American Heart Association’s black-tie fundraising dinners.
Not limiting his talents to radio, Mark has written & published several books, including the best-selling ‘Mark Jones’ Birthday Book’, which became the definitive UK Radio reference book.
UK Electrical Industry Awards;
Manchester United FC Annual Awards;
European Contactless Technology Awards;
iHotel, Champaign, Illinois, USA;
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London;
GDS International Conferences (across Europe);
Aston Villa End-Of-Season Awards;
Venetian Hotel Football Awards, Macau, China;
Wembley SSE Arena;
North Cyprus Property Awards;
Liverpool Conference Centre;
Crufts, NEC, Birmingham;
Masters Football (UK and worldwide);
BRISLA (British Sri Lankan Association);
Manchester City FC;
Dubai Tennis Stadium, UAE;
Mathew Street Music Festival;
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle;
HGA Creative Ltd.;
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
Grosvenor House Hotel, London;
British Forces Network, (sportsmen’s dinner tour of Kosovo);
Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
The Pallet Awards;
Cardiff University Awards;
Liverpool Echo Business Awards;
Trent FM Arena, Nottingham;
West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards;
Royal Lancaster Hotel, London;
Leeds United FC;
Christie Hospital, Manchester;
Liverpool City Council…
They were a difficult crowd to please, you did an exceptional job! Well done! HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex (at official opening of Aquavale Leisure Complex, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire)
Mark Jones was excellent as MC, he had the room laughing most of the evening, kept the whole event running to time (something I was particularly worried about) did everything we requested of him and more, so much so we would like to book him again for our event next year… The feedback was extremely complimentary; we have been running this event for 30+ years using various people as MC they all assured me Mark was the best ever… Kathy McCracken, Admin. Manager, Road Surface Treatments Association, Wolverhampton
Thank you to our wonderful auctioneer @MCmarkjones and to all our bidders!! Staggering amount raised!! [over £50k] Penny Moore, CEO, Hospitality Action Charity, London (at Lancaster Hotel, London)
Thank you very much, it was a great pleasure working with you… you did the job [at The ACC -Arena & Conference Centre- Liverpool] perfectly! Hopefully we’ll meet again in the future… Jessica Nuttall, Events Manager, HGA Creative Ltd., Manchester
(2012) I just wanted to say a big thank you again… you did a great job and went down really well (again!) People were queuing up to sing your praises at the end of the evening…
(2016) Nice one Jonesey! You were excellent last evening. So many people said it was the best one yet. Personally I thought it was superb and a lot of that was because of you. You were great… Chas Banks, Secretary, Manchester United Disabled Supporters’ Association
…a massive thank you for everything you did last night. We raised over £8,000 which we are absolutely delighted with… from the feedback we have been receiving all day everyone loved it. Vanessa Simmons, Teenage Cancer Trust
Thanks for a great job. I thought that your hosting of the entire Masters’ series was spot-on! Steve Black, Director, Masters Football (Mark hosted Sky Sports’ UK, Dubai, Malaysia, Brunei and Chinese Tournaments)
A very big thank you from us for all for your hard work at our event. You handled your duties beautifully -and kept to the script– ha ha! It was an absolute pleasure working with you… a very enjoyable evening. We will most definitely keep in contact and think of you for future events. Maria Valentine, Managing Director, Yellow Fish Agency, Brighton (2015 Highways Electrical Assoc. awards at Celtic Manor)
…a big thank you for last night’s performance; I think you judged the audience just right as always, and really made the evening special for everyone. [Our sponsors] Visa loved it (…and that’s the main thing…!) Karen Brindley, Managing Director, Krowne Communications (UK) Ltd.
Thank you for doing a great job, the awards were a huge success. How you managed to keep us on time still amazes us! #topMC See you next year! Mark Duggan, Managing Director, The Pallet Network
Thank you for making the BRISLA awards 2016 a success… [next year’s event] is November 14th 2017. Are you free? Please reserve the date. Zimar Sivardeen, President & Chairman, British Sri Lankan Association
You judged the tone of our awards evening exactly right. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about your role as compère… Janette Bolton, Event Manager, Warrington Guardian Group
Great event… and you were on top form as always… catch up soon…! Mark Foster, Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer (at Lancaster Hotel, London)
One of the best and funniest compères we’ve ever had at any of our sportsmen’s dinners. Sean O’Toole, Commercial Manager, Sheffield Wednesday FC
I wanted to say a huge thank you. You were absolutely brilliant! You managed to keep it all together perfectly and were extremely professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending you… Mark Whittle, Events Manager, North & West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
Everybody thought you were great and I will be looking to use you next year to host all three of our awards presentations. John Honeyball, Managing Director, European Environmental Control plc, Southport
Your handling of the raffles and auctions was hilarious, and your topical ad-libs were just right for the event. I would certainly recommend you for any forthcoming events… Steve Banyard, Sky Sports Commentator
Many thanks for hosting the [Liverpool Cardiothoracic Centre] Golf day at Royal Birkdale. The event was a great success. I hope the first of many… Lucy Fenwick, Fundraising Manager, Liverpool Cardiothoracic Centre
It was a pleasure to work with you last night. The feedback from the awards has been fab and Twitter has been very busy with happy winners and finalists telling the world – so all good. I look forward to being your sidekick again in the future. Ruth Lloyd-Williams, Founder/Director, NetworkShe, The Women In Business Awards
Just like to thank you once again for the great job you did for Merseycats at The Cavern Club, Liverpool. I know it’s not easy to get all the bands to play to time but you did it all superbly. All the committee and bands thank you for a pleasant and organised day and look forward to our next madhouse…! Ronnie Hodge, on behalf of the MerseyCats Charity, Liverpool
The event last week at Manchester’s MEN Arena for the New York Fire-fighters Dependents’ Appeal was a tremendous success. This was due in no small way to your splendid job as MC for the night… George Almond CBE, County Fire Officer & Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Fire Service