Mark has a background in research, management consultancy and as a Chief Executive. He has been Managing Director of Henley Research International since July 2010.
Early in his career Mark carried out international research assignments across Europe and in the Far East, where his work focused on profiling companies and markets as well as gaining competitor information. Subsequently he worked as a Management Consultant at KPMG, where he specialised in research and marketing and worked with colleagues in executive search. He was then Chief Executive of a successful manufacturing and distribution business.
Mark has been Co-Chair of the ERA (Executive Research Association) since 2014, and a Committee member since 2012. The ERA provides a networking forum for research practitioners and is committed to further increasing standards of professionalism and good practice. It runs regular conferences and events and provides training and development for researchers.
Mark speaks fluent German.
Which European country that you have not yet visited is top of your list to see, and why? Istanbul sounds fascinating and Turkey has some great golf courses too.
What is your speciality dish to cook? Too many to mention… A Thai curry maybe though my family might disagree with me answering this question at all.
If you were to give one suggestion to the CEO of LinkedIn, what would it be? Could we have advance warning of any changes, rather than having to figure out what is going on ourselves?
What is the most enjoyable book that you’ve read recently? Divided – Why we are living in an Age of Walls by Tim Marshall.
What would be your karaoke song? I’ve done Brown Eyed Girl a few times.
Who would be the guests at your dream dinner party? Churchill, Lennon, McCartney, Diana, Muhammed Ali, Alan Partridge for starters.
What do you most enjoy about working in executive search? Trying to convince people that a strategic, research- and insights-based approach to TA is the way to go.
Mountains or sea? Mountains, especially in ski resorts.
What is your favourite film? Sheffield Wednesday – the Glory Years. Not yet released.
What would you rather fight – 20 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? I’d duck out of both.