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(From Bristol Evening Post)
Byline: IAN ONIONS
YOU could say that Mark Wright is a Hartcliffe lad who has come good. He was a single child who was brought up in a council flat by his mum and never knew his dad.
He took an exam at his primary school, St Pius X RC Primary in Withywood, and won a place under the Tories' controversial assisted places scheme at the independent Queen Elizabeth's Hospital school, which boasts some of the best exam results in the region.
From there, he took a degree in chemistry at Bristol University and a PhD in astrophysics.
The software engineer now finds himself one of the top eight councillors on the council and when you consider he only became a councillor for Cabot ward five years ago, his rise is nothing short of meteoric.
Last year, he was the cabinet councillor in charge of housing, a brief which is easy to understand but his new portfolio is a bit of a mouthful and difficult to comprehend.
He's in charge of efficiency and value for money, transformation, information technology, property services, the docks and treasury management.