In 2012 he re-trained in Psychology following a successful career in the world of IT, mostly at Microsoft. He was fascinated with the human mind and the potential of making a positive difference in 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 massive 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, running his first training in 2013.
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 to 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. He is also trained in the use of ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which stems from the behavioural and cognitive therapy models.
Critically, he also regularly practices mindfulness; which is essential not only as a mindfulness teacher but also as a business owner and especially as a parent.