Mark is 69 and married to Erica; they have four grown-up children. They have lived all their married life in inner city Liverpool.
Mark Hedley was brought up in London but went to Liverpool University, graduating in 1968. He was called to the Bar in 1969 and, after VSO in the Sudan, practiced as a barrister in Liverpool till 1992, being Head of Chambers from 1983. He specialized in work affecting those at the bottom of the social pile – housing, child welfare, compensation and crime. He and Erica were LA foster parents before adopting two of those children.
In 1992 he became a circuit judge in Liverpool specializing increasingly in the law relating to children. He was a member of the Children Act Advisory Committee and Course Director for Family Law at the Judicial College. In 2002 he became a High Court Judge in the Family Division until retirement in 2013.
Since then he has been Visiting Professor in Law at Liverpool Hope University and hold appointments in the Church of England. He has had extensive involvement and association with CAFCASS since its inception.