Mark has a wide and robust set of skills as a leader, coach and educator. He is an experienced, creative and engaging facilitator who works well with people from many backgrounds. An ex-teacher, Mark moved into the business world 20 years ago working with a variety of training consultancies in the areas of leadership, team development and coaching. Mark’s interest in overseas expeditions helped develop an interest and passion in helping people and teams achieve success in challenging circumstances. Using his experience in remote, often extreme environments, Mark has become a respected coach, facilitator and trainer. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation as an accredited coach, a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts as well as being a mentor for young educators.
Last book you read?
“The Art of Shouting Quietly” by Pete Mosley. An interesting workbook designed to help introverts promote themselves better and appreciate their positive qualities.
Your heroes include …?
Alan Wells, a Scottish 100m sprinter who won the Olympic 100m title in Moscow. The victory seemed shallow because the Americans boycotted the games. A week after the Olympics Wells beat the best of the Americans in an international meeting. His story is all the more remarkable because he was an amateur athlete in many respects, he was coached by his wife, lived and trained in Scotland (not ideal sprinting conditions) and survived on grants.
Martin Luther King is another of my heroes, I admire anyone who stands up to injustice when the weight of society seems to be against them.
Favourite line from a film?
“Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’” Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption
Best day at work (so far)?
A day working with a management consultancy who were rebuilding a play area at a Children’s Hospice. The young managers met some of the children in the hospice and spent time playing with them. An inspiring and emotional day.
Who makes you laugh?
My two young daughters, my friend Piers, a comedian called Sean Lock
Last journey you took?
Recycling cardboard at the local tip.
More fun was a bike ride through the Timanfaya National park in Lanzarote, beautiful smooth tarmac and an amazing landscape to cycle through
What’s on your desk?
Too many things! Most notable though are an egg timer (to remind me to take time away from work and just breathe), a small Buddha, a number of inspiring quotes (which aren’t technically on my desk but they are right next to it)… and a huge amount of papers with ideas written on them!
How do you deal with stress?
Riding my bike
3 people you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
Well I’d prefer them to all be alive, otherwise it wouldn’t be a very interesting dinner.
Salman Rushdie, Milan Kundera, Freddie Mercury
The island of Mauritius