Mark Johnson is honoured in the New Year Honours List 2015 for his services to Vulnerable People through User Voice, receiving an Order of the British Empire, Civil Member (MBE). The ceremony will be held on the 24th of February at Buckingham Palace.
Mark Johnson endured severe mental and physical abuse from his father, which lead to a lifestyle of crime, drugs and alcohol. Mark overcame this lifestyle and went on to become the best-selling author of his personal memoir Wasted and founded the “user-led” charity User Voice.
Mark’s focus on providing a voice for prisoner’s and former offenders by fostering dialogue between service providers and service users that is mutually beneficial, aiding rehabilitation and recovery and results in better and more cost-effective services.
Through the User Voice Prison Councils and Probation Councils Mark’s Vision has expanded to aid prisons and probation agencies across the country to work with other former offenders to reduce reoffending is part of Mark’s goal for a safer Britain.