THE Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2014 saw the award of a Knighthood to a former Leek man, Sir Mark Worthington, who has been honoured for public service.
Sir Mark, aged 52, was born in Picton Street, Leek, where he lived for many years until moving to London.
He is the son of Percy and Marjorie Worthington who were well-known in the town, particularly at Westwood Road County Primary School where Percy was school caretaker for forty years and Marjorie was a cleaner and dinner lady.
Sir Mark was educated at Westwood Road and then at Westwood High School where he was Head Boy, before going on to university to study history at King’s College, London.
After working in Parliament, in 1992 Sir Mark was appointed Private Secretary to the former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. He remained with Lady Thatcher for 21 years until her death last April. During those years, Sir Mark was responsible for Lady Thatcher’s public engagements, worked closely with her successors as Prime Minister, arranged her extensive charitable activities, and was director of her own charitable organisation, the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.
Sir Mark is an adviser to the Margaret Thatcher Centre based at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC and to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. He also acts as a consultant to companies and advises a number of charities. He now lives in London and Hampshire, but still retains strong family links with Leek and visits the town on a regular basis.