Prior to joining the NSW Police Force in June 1988, Mark Burgess worked as a coalminer in the Newcastle area. After graduating dux from the NSW Police Academy in 1989 he returned to Newcastle where he was stationed for 10 years. It was in Newcastle that Mark became actively involved in the Police Association becoming a branch official in 1992 and Executive member in 1994. In 1996 he was transferred to Sydney with the rank of sergeant. In 1996 he was also elected deputy president a position he held until 1998 when he was elected the Association’s 16th president. In December 2000 he resigned in order to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Police Federation of Australia (PFA). As an active member of the Police Association Mark, was involved in a number of significant reforms and disputes including forced transfers in 1993, Branch Focus and the Organising Model in 1999 and tax reform 2000. As current CEO of the PFA he continues to lobby and promote the interests of Australian police and policing. In 2007 he was awarded the Australian Police Medal and in November 2010 life membership of the PFA. He remains a sworn officer of the NSW Police Force with the rank of sergeant.