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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
We worked with Mark on our organisational development planning and on consultations with staff around company change. He was a critical friend to me as we thought through the changes that would strengthen the organisation. Mark brings both theoretical knowledge and years of practical experience of working in and with the cultural sector, and understands the perspectives of stakeholders. But what enhances the experience of working with him the most is his interpersonal skills and his ability to support thinking and to coach change through a considered mix of challenge and support. I always felt working with Mark that I was learning whilst I was working which really adds value to the experience.

Claire Malcolm, Cheif Executive, New Writing North
Mark’s facilitation of our EQiPP sessions, leading cultural organisations and schools in exploring and applying the Quality Principles in their own contexts, has been invaluable. His expertise has gently guided participants into new thinking and into pushing their own work with children and young people forward. Many participants have commented on the way his curation of the sessions has given them the tools and space needed to think and reflect, and this has in turn had a massive impact on the quality of work created during the project as a whole.

Melanie Carter, Culture Bridge North East