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Mark worked with the Brontë Society on a visioning and team development weekend with our Trustees and Senior Leadership Team. We’re at a particularly exciting time, celebrating a five year festival of the bicentenaries of the Brontë family, and want to embed some real organisational cultural change in order to maximise the opportunities the bicentenaries present. Historically, we haven’t been good at staff/Board relationships. Mark brilliantly fostered an atmosphere of collegiate working, respect, trust, understanding of roles, and confidence in the future and we finished the weekend with some clear objectives to take us forward and a new-found sense of joint purpose. And it was all so apparently seamless. As our chair (a film-maker) observed: “One of the marks of a great movie is that the hand of the director is largely invisible”. I’m looking forward to other opportunities to use Mark’s outstanding skills in the near future.

Kitty Wright, Executive Director, The Bronte Society
As Critical Friend to the bait programme Mark asks brilliant questions, providing the perfect balance of support, challenge and humour.  Over the last three years he has worked with staff, consortium board, artists and evaluators, facilitating discussions that get to the heart of what we are trying to achieve.  As well as understanding the specific context and ambitions of our programme, Mark brings a much broader perspective, referencing national and international work that is of relevance to the job in hand.

Rachel Adam, Director, bait, Woodhorn (Creative People & Places Soouth East Northumberland)
Mark's input into Bluecoat's thinking about our artistic policy and the nature of artistic leadership has been fundamental to getting us to this point - I don't know anyone else who could have helped us achieve this, putting together input from many voices. He brings a pragmatic, provocative and poetic perspective to every conversation. Also, he's great fun to work with.

Mary Cloak, Chief Executive, Bluecoat
Mark has worked with Tees Music Alliance on our journey towards greater organisational resilience as we moved through from planning to occupancy of our refurbished venue.


Having someone with Mark's objectivity helped us to recognise our strengths as a team; within the context of some interesting activities to provoke new ideas and challenge our thinking.


Paul Burns, Chief Executive, Tees Music Alliance
The away-day Mark ran for me was brilliantly planned and delivered. It couldn’t have been more valuable and effective.

Daniel Bye, theatre-maker
Thinking Practice were commissioned to carry out some facilitated consultancy sessions with Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens staff, partners and stakeholders to support development plans for the Museum venue.

Mark was highly professional and personable throughout the commission, connecting well with different audiences and adapting his approach to get the very best result.  One of Mark’s greatest attributes is his awareness of the cultural landscape and recognising the challenges which face cultural services today.  He is highly prepared and exceptionally skilled in his craft.

Trina Murphy, Assistant Head of Service (Museums, Heritage and Arts) Sunderland City Council
Mark Robinson is one of those rare thinkers who brings enormous experience, depth of thought, skills and knowledge to the work that he does, as well as empathy (especially with artists) and understanding of what are sometimes non-linear issues. He has contributed to the development of our arts organisation right from the start, helping us to articulate what makes us tick, unravelling the early thinking around the sort of business model we could adopt, and facilitating our dreaming of the future. We continue to commission him to help us to re-examine and redefine our mission and our purpose at regular intervals. He is tremendous fun to work with and brings an air of calm and professionalism to the room.

Cinzia Hardy, Artistic Director, November Club
Mark worked with Red Earth Theatre over a number of months to carry out an evaluation of our work and look at potential models for our new business plan. We appreciated his creative approach to the process and the clarity with which he facilitated sessions for the directors and the Board of Trustees. His ability to guide through questioning and steer the process with a range of activities and approaches meant that this challenging process was stimulating, thought provoking and refreshing. The result of this work is that Red Earth has a strong route map for our next phase of development.

Wendy Rouse and Amanda Wilde, Co-Directors, Red Earth Theatre
Working with Thinking Practise has been an incredibly positive and constructive experience. During a key period of organisational reflection Mark has offered insight, experience and empathy whilst helping us to identify the tools we need to manage our growth.

Nick Malyan, Director, Empty Shop CIC
The care, diligence and nuanced approach that Mark demonstrates and inspires in his practice has brought much valued thinking to the work of ZENDEH our role as facilitators of Creative Case NORTH in evidencing our positive and progressive impact. In addition to this, in my role as Artistic Director (CEO) of ZENDEH I know that my dialogue with Mark horizon scanning will always be fair, open minded and with a keen sense of how it connects locally and globally.

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, Artistic Director/CEO, ZENDEH