Mark Purves was co-opted to Midhurst Town Council in June 2011 and was elected Chairman of the Council in February 2016 he stepped down in 2020 after 4 years. Mark was born and bred in Midhurst. He has joined the council to help represent the younger people of the town. He is currently involved in other community groups including Midhurst Tourism Partnership and Midhurst Swimming Club. His main interests are tourism, the environment and youth facilities.