Mark began his career in the British Army and then went on to work on an operational station for the Fire and Rescue service. His true passion in life is exploration and he now dedicates his time in building sustainable educational and leadership projects to co-inside with his extreme journeys around the world. Mark has trained and led teams for major polar and mountain expeditions operating in areas such as the Arctic circle, the Himalayas, Antarctica, Alaska along with the Norwegian and Canadian high Arctic.
Highlights from his journeys range from being only the 8th person in history to reach the South Geographic Pole solo and unsupported followed directly by a solo crossing of the Arctic ocean to the Geographic North Pole which became part of a Channel 5 documentary – North Pole Ice Airport. He has reached the Geomagnetic North Pole twice! and supported the BBC Top gear team to the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole.
Exploration to Mark is about global communication through education – on route to Everest in 2014 he connected visually via Skype to over 100,000 students around the world in real time.
Adventure is my passion and I regard the pioneers of old as the great explorers - they mapped the unknown world. However, with climate change having an effect on the weather - oceans and mountains the roll of a modern day explorer has now changed.
Exploring to me is more than just self discovery. As I operate within the extremes of the planet I aim to communicate issues effecting us all. My expedition updates have reached over forty countries and thousands of students around the globe.
Through exploring I try to bring the realism of my experiences back in to talks and presentations. Having documented expeditions in very extremes of the planet from guiding in the polar regions to the mountains of the Himalayas
I am honoured to be a fellow with the Royal Geographic Society. The society encourages the need to keep on exploring, enabling people to step outside the box and discover adventure for themselves.
The Ambassadors group in Coventry has over 200 people from the city who through talks, events and charities, seek to inspire others within the City. As a “Coventrian”, I feel immensely proud to be part of such an organisation and find that the inspiration nearly always comes from the people I meet through this society.
Whenever I have faced tough situations on expeditions, I only have to think of how these young people have changed their lives with the fantastic support provided by the Princes Trust. I am truly honoured to be a part of such an inspiring organisation that literally transforms lives for the better.
The Liverpool Wilderness Medicine Society takes young students to some of the most remote areas on our planet. Many of the students have been on expedition in the Himalayas with me so I feel extremely proud to act as their patron.
Situated in the heart of beautiful Snowdonia National Park, Plas Dol-y-Moch is Coventry’s Outdoor Education Centre.
Sporting Equals helps black and ethnic minority communities gain access to sport and physical activities. As an ambassador, I am proud to be associated and to link extreme expeditions with the sporting world.
An international network of the brightest and most creative young people aged 13-18. Members are part of a global community that provides access to a wide range of exciting opportunities not available anywhere else. Set up by the University of Warwick, IGGY operates within over 33 countries and provides a wider audience for my expeditions and educational projects.
During my first Polar expedition in 2003, I became a guinea pig on ice for CRUK. Tests were done on the team for research into Cancer itself and I was privileged to support a charity which touches the lives of so many people. One year after completing this expedition, my Mum unfortunately got Cancer and never recovered. The support she received was amazing. Whenever I go on a polar expedition, I always carry the flag of CRUK to show my support for such an incredible organisation and in the memory of someone I miss very much.
I am delighted to be recognised for my work with schools and businesses with regards to environmental awareness. I encourage all ages to take personal responsibility for the environment so by being a patron to Sustainability Live, I hope to reach out to a wider audience.
Cycled solo North to South New Zealand delivering lectures in schools on route as part of a Warwick University educational program iggy.net
North Pole training expedition in a remote military area in high Arctic Norway
Skype Mount Everest Ascent expedition
Mount Everest ascent training expedition in the Himalayas which included a 6000 metre ascent of Island Peak
Solo and unsupported 200 mile crossing of the North Geographic Pole as part of a Channel 5 documentary – North Pole Ice Airport
Solo and unsupported 50 day expedition to the South Geographic Pole
North South Geographic Pole expedition Solo training based in high Arctic Svalbard
Island Peak expedition – 6184 metres in the Himalayas as part of an educational program with Warwick University iggy.net
Global Schools Project to the Himalayas for students from Warwick / Coventry and Liverpool Universities
Skype Himalayan expedition for the Global Schools project – connecting students in the mountains with schools around the world
Solo 30 day training expedition in Svalbard as part of the North Pole expedition
Led 3 expeditions involving over 60 people to Everest Base Camp as part of the Global Schools Program
Led a British first expedition in the Canadian high Arctic across the North West passage highlighting the Inuit communities affected by climate change
Alaskan dog sledding expedition – filming for a UK educational documentary program
Led a team through the Himalayas to base camp Everest as part of an educational schools programme for the University of Warwick
Led an expedition linking the two highest Inuit settlements in the Canadian high arctic as part of the Arctic schools program
Filming in Gris Fiord – situated in high arctic Canada as part of a documentary on how global warming is affecting the Inuit people
Led a dog sledging expedition in North America.
Arctic guide and operational support for the BBC Top Gear programme – Race to the Pole
Arctic expedition technical support for the Magnetic North Pole Race (1996 pole position).
Cycled across the USA – 3500 miles from Seattle to New York.
Led an 8 person team on a successful Geomagnetic North Pole expedition across Ellesmere Island in high arctic Canada
Instructor on an Arctic training expedition – Northern Canada.
Instructor on an Arctic training program – Norway.
Instructor on an Arctic training expedition – Northern Canada.
A successful Geomagnetic North Pole expedition.
70 day training expedition and research for Cancer Research UK (CRUK) – Canadian high arctic.