Mark Swivel is a lawyer, performer and writer. Mark has his own law firm, runs a legal clinic called Barefoot Law and is in-house counsel at Enova Energy.
In a previous life, Mark was a senior executive with Barclays Bank at FIRSTPLUS and a director of Sydney Credit Union from 2008-11, Mark has a Masters in International and Community Development, with degrees in Arts and Law from Sydney University, where he won the JH McClemens Prize for Criminology.
Admitted in 1995, Mark was partner at Langes Lawyers until July 2006 specialising consumer credit, financial services and APRA prudential standards. He has expertise in commercial contracts and corporate governance. After graduation he worked on research projects with the ACON and Sydney Uni and UTS, and co-made the program 'Sidevalving' for Radio National on prison privatisation.
Mark is the author of Making Australia Slightly Better Than Average Again, a funny but serious dissection of #auspol, published by: www.puncherandwattmann.com.
Mark is a graduate of the NIDA Playwrights Studio. His play Water Falling Down premiered at Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane in 2011 and played B Street Theatre, Sacramento in 2012. In 2015, he joined the Spaghetti Circus board after a stint as chair at Legs On The Wall.
Mark does regular radio spots on Bay FM in Byron Bay and ABC North Coast. He once appeared on Late Night Live and Philip Adams gave Mark a koala stamp. In recent years Mark has toured his one-man comic story-telling shows and been the MC of Dustyesky, the leading genuine faux Russian choir in the Southern Hemisphere. Mark was secretary at Eureka FC for 4 years, where he still plays in Seventh Division. He also plays cricket for Bangalow Thirds and Eureka FC CC.
Mark is a proud Ambassador for the leading microfinance non-profit Good Return.
Mark Swivel is running for a NSW seat in the Federal Senate in 2019.