Mark H Durkan was appointed Minister for the Environment in July 2013, replacing his SDLP colleague Alex Attwood. He was elected as MLA for Foyle in 2011 and served as the party’s social development and health spokesperson.

Prior to becoming an Assembly member, Mark was on Derry City Council representing the Northland district from 2005-2011. During this period he chaired the Council’s Planning Committee, Policy and Resources Committee and the Environmental Services Committee. He was a key driver in bringing forward drinking bye-laws in Derry City centre, making the streets safer and cleaner.

The Derryman is committed to ensuring that the right decisions are made as quickly as possible and that DOE delivers a better environment and a stronger economy.

Before committing to public life full-time, Mark worked in an accountancy firm. He is married to Anne and has a son, Luke. Mark is a keen runner and a follower of GAA and soccer, particularly Everton FC.