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
We have commissioned Mark over the past couple of years to work with Tyneside Cinema in some very different roles and I’m consistently impressed with his thoughtful approach and the excellent and always insightful end result (and always finished and delivered on time!). His unique combination of extensive experience in the cultural sector with his own artistic practice makes for an intelligent and lateral perspective - making his contribution to a process or project invaluable, whether that be business planning, evaluation or facilitation and beyond.Holli Keeble, Tyneside Cinema
"Mark offered a brilliant combination of big questions, real attention to detail, wise words and gentle encouragement when we needed it. He has helped us articulate who we are and where we're going as a company more clearly than we've ever managed before."Annie Rigby, Unfolding Theatre
Mark has made a significant contribution to helping develop Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, working with managers to help us shape a new business model, which is fit for purpose, efficient and effective. He has really made a difference in working with groups of managers and helping us develop organisational and funding plans.
Tyne& Wear Museums & Archives
Mark helped facilitate an important 2 day meeting which brought together some of the most senior people from across different parts of the organisation. There were some big personalities in the room, some coming from very different perspectives, and all very pressured for time. Mark was calm and focused at all times and did a great job at keeping us all in line and on track. I would definitely consider engaging Mark to help guide us through similar planning meetings in the future.
British Council Sub-Sharan Africa
Marks lead on the evaluation of the Juice festival was essential in the context of the project. It clearly articulated the achievements of Juice since its initial pilot in 2008 through to 2011. His work and guidance provided a very succinct summary of the impact of Juice, which it is invaluable to have at this critical point in the development of the programme
Mark has delivered a number of projects for Dance City in the past 18 months. He is thorough, interrogative and delivers on his promises, but most of all he is great fun to work with. His knowledge and expertise in the cultural sector are immensely valuable and working with Mark brings a wealth of expertise to any project. I am sure we will be working again with Mark on more projects in the future and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him.
Thank you so very much for your contribution to the Colloquium. Many months ago when I emailed you to see if you were available and you were, I literally lept with joy as I had a feeling that snagging a keynote from you, would ensure that I had the Colloquium “in the bag” so to speak – and I was right. I am still hearing from people about how much they appreciated your insights and this framework to help think through change.The twitter feed at #boc2011 was looking all lit up for while too.
Mark has delivered two great presentations for the AMA (Arts Marketing Association). Our delegates described his content as ‘creative’, ‘rigorous’, ‘challenging’, and providing much needed ‘articulate common sense’. At our annual conference in 2011, 60% rated the overall impression of his keynote as ‘good’ or ‘very good’. At an AMA Retreat – a leadership residential training programme – 89% rated the overall impression of his session as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
Arts Marketing Association