Gareth is an ex Executive Director of UBS having previously worked at Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers, Nomura and Ernst & Young. He is a qualified accountant and has over ten years experience as a divisional Finance Director and as Chief Operating Officer. Gareth was most recently Global Head of IT Finance at UBS Investment Bank responsible for managing a cost base of $1.5bn.
His motivation for creating Club Journeyman was the recognition that at his age, the call to play for Wales was never going to come so he would have to follow a different path if he wanted to achieve his dream of being involved in sport on a day to day basis...
Cardiff City / Cardiff Blues / Glamorgan CCC / UCL Academicals FC
I've always looked up to Nikolai Valuev, Peter Crouch and most basketball players.
Whilst I'm not a United fan, for sheer drama those two goals in injury time at the end of the 1999 Champions League Final are hard to beat.
However, being 20-0 down to England after twenty minutes in 1999 in the last ever 5 nations game at Wembley and storming back to win 32-31 with a last minute try from Gibbs, converted by Jenkins (who else) just pips it for me. It is still the best day of my life so far. Note: my wife tells me that my wedding day now supersedes this!
Having completed an MA in Corporate Strategy and Governance at Nottingham University in 1997, joined Ernst & Young, qualifying as an ACA Chartered Accountant in 2000.
After spending two years on secondment in Sydney, Australia, he joined Easyjet in 2003 and then moved to First Choice PLC (now Tui Travel PLC) in 2005. Mark became regional Finance Director for TUI Travel PLC in Asia in 2007 based in Shanghai, China, before deciding to set up Club Journeyman with Gareth in 2010. His motivation for starting the business was to combine work with a passion.
A lover and connoisseur of big sporting events around the globe, the chance to talk and be in business in and around the events he so admires is a dream come true!!
Ian Botham - an entertainer who played without fear.
Favourite sporting moment: being a Luton Town fan, there can be only one choice which is Brian 'Bruno' Stein's dramatic last minute winner in the 1988 Littlewoods Cup Final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. 2-1 down and facing a penalty with 10 minutes to go this 14 year old was close to tears...A great penalty save by Andy Dibble and an equaliser by Danny Wilson set up a grandstand finish where bruno managed to turn the ball into the arsenal net. Cue much celebration and a lifetime of happy memories !! Given the current position of the club, they are much needed.