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  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
Mark Burdon
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I love to learn and explore ways of living so that what I do closely represents who I am. I know that when I am effective these things are closely linked, and life, and work, is surprisingly easy. Clients say that I ‘help to bring the heart into’, to ‘en-hearten’ or to ‘en-coeur-age’, which has particular resonance for me. I am also told that I am quite mischievous!

I will help you, as a client, to identify your outcomes, bring them to life and then support you in achieving them. If you are like me, you may sometimes get stuck in ‘problem’ thinking, or behaviour, and strive to come up with a solution. When we are really stuck it can feel like going round in circles and can be exhausting. My clients recognise that it can be useful having help to break out of this to elicit…
What you would like to have happen?

As you will identify and develop a tangible, and well-formed, outcome we can then train your attention to recognise feedback that will take you towards it. In doing this, often the steps to take, or the ‘answers’, simply start to appear. You have probably experienced times when everything seems to be flowing for you, when answers and resources just seem to leap out.

I help to create conditions for you to recognise your own talents, which are usually more visible to others than to yourself. This is true of all of us and holds a surprising store of resources.

I love to work with what is present, real and happening in the moment in support of your objectives. In turn, I have many people who do similar and different things to support me.

I am a qualified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator specialising in using type in organisations, and in understanding stress, Firo Elements (Teamfocus) and Temperament Theory (Susan Nash).  I am also a Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming in Business (Sue Knight), and have a foundation certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (City University). I use Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling based on the work of Penny Tompkins, and James Lawley. The people I mention are as important to me as the tools. You can find out more about them on the internet.

I originally trained in Business Management and started my career with British Telecom in the City of London during the ‘Big Bang’ in the late 1980s. At Raleigh International, as a member of the head office senior management team, I then gained extensive experience of managing assessment, training and development programmes in support of global operations. I managed a remote wilderness project for a Raleigh International expedition in Chile and was later Deputy Country Director for that country.  I have also been a training and development consultant with Vision Development Training, near Reading, where I provided bespoke training/development interventions for clients including UBS Warburg, the London Business School, Vodafone Group and Siemens. Here I developed my interest in using real activities to create useful learning experiences.

As an associate with Raleigh International’s Development Consultancy I have coached on and co-developed 18 wilderness leadership development programmes. For the past five years I have run my own consultancy and hold a number of associate relationships with colleagues who inspire me.

I love exploring and have spent a good deal of my life seeking out far-flung parts of the world where I enjoy sharing how people live their lives. Inspired many years ago by reading Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger, I developed a passion for journeys with people to wild places in the world. I love moving water and being near to it, hearing it. I am fascinated by language and am frequently moved by music. I love the film Where Eagles Dare, my dog Minnow, Norfolk living, skiing, my wife Hetty and God, not necessarily in that order. And learning more about life, through my work and friends.


"Meeting and knowing Mark has had, and continues to have, a profound, positive and lasting impact on me.
Time spent with him, whether hours or minutes, always helps me reconnect with what is important and at the core of me. Mark has a unique gift for hearing a person’s truth in a throw-away comment and for asking the questions which lead to deep insight, and personal transformation. What makes Mark so special is that he uses his gift with humility, warmth, fun and love."

Kathryn Porteous. Operations Manager Aviva

"Mark, You have an amazing talent for noticing the smallest and yet significant things in people, what they say, what they do and questioning why… a powerful skill that has made me think of why I do things the way I do and appreciate the positive side. Combined with your great sense of humour, timing and mischief has enabled me to appreciate the strengths of others and possibly more importantly my own strength (remove the possibly!). This trip has provided memories and skills that will stay with me forever. Thank you."

Matthew Stirland, Distribution Development Manager, Norwich Union Life

"Thank you for taking the time to remind me of those things that are important and helping me to understand why."

Jesmond Parke. Aviva Canada

"Thanks for reminding me it is ok to show my emotion. You are a very caring and passionate person that I will use as a role model going froward when my softer side thinks of disappearing. Thanks for breaking the mask!"

Cath Ready, Treasury and Financial Change Manager, Aviva