In 2012 he re-trained in Psychology following a successful career in the world of IT, mostly at Microsoft, because of his fascination with the human mind, and the potential to make a difference to peoples lives at home and work. He started a training and consulting practice focused on enhancing human performance, in lock-step with improved resilience and wellbeing; and in 2015 created Mindfulness Berkshire to help extend his mindfulness teaching outside of the workplace.
His path into teaching mindfulness was somewhat accidental, starting with a university assignment which required the examination and comparison of three types of intervention. His first choice of intervention turned out to have little supporting evidence for its suggested benefits. Whereas, to his surprise, mindfulness was supported by a huge amount of evidence from thousands of studies, coupled with a wide range of benefits and broad applicability from workplaces, sport and athletics to clinical use. Here began Mark’s journey into deeper mindfulness practice and eventually teaching.
He holds a master’s degree in applied positive Psychology (MAPP) – where he conducted primary research into the application of meditation in the workplace and its impact on resilience. He has formally trained as a mindfulness teacher according the guidelines set out by the UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations. This training path is required by those wishing to teach MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy), a derivative of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), recommended for certain conditions to the NHS by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK.
Critically, he also has his own regular mindfulness practice; which is important not only as a mindfulness teacher, but also as a business owner and especially as a parent.