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Mark Wood Inspirational Speaker

Mark Wood operates in some of the most remote, extreme cold areas of our planet - From long range polar expeditions to covering 8000 metre peaks! 

Mark Wood was born in the centre of UK where the car industry would have been the natural avenue for him to take. Mark Wood's ability to look at life differently and seize opportunities has led him in a career through the military and rescue to now being one of the most dedicated polar explorers of our time. 

So what's next?

MISSION 8848 One Journey | One Mountain | One million Voices

In 2013 Mark Wood attempted a 72 day expedition to ascend Mount Everest. The remarkable part of this journey was that he connected to over 10,000 school children worldwide using mobile technology from the extremes of the mountain and in real time. Making Everest one of the most incredible and inspiring classrooms in the world.

In 2017 Mark Wood will attempt to summit Everest again to an extraordinary new level. Mission 8848 will connect with over one Million students. Using the latest cutting–edge cameras, 3d projections, 360 immersive and virtual reality technologies the climbers will connect through live-stream broadcast into over 8848 classrooms around the globe.

The reason is to demonstrate how modern day explorers operate, to encourage students to understand the effects of global warming and to inspire them to think differently about their own lives.  This is more than just a walk on a mountain.

Mark Wood Inspirational Speaker

Mark Wood Inspirational Speaker

Mark Wood Inspirational Speaker - With over 30 major expeditions to date, Mark Wood has reached the Magnetic North Pole, the Geomagnetic North Pole twice, has completed solo expeditions to both the Geographic North and South Poles and led a team on an ascent of Mount Everest. Mark Wood has been a part of major BBC and Channel 5 documentaries and over the years has trained and led people in the extremes of the planet.

Mark Wood aims to communicate globally with schools around the planet to have open discussions with students about climate change, cultural differences, and thinking differently about life. He is ranked within the top 5 communicators in the world on the Skype platform and has to date travelled over 3 million Skype miles by connecting with children in 34 different countries.

Mark Wood's own award winning documentaries have shown the life of dog teams in Alaska – a solo survival film in the extremes and more recently a complex cutting edge expedition film which explains the harsh reality of global warming and its effect on the Arctic Ocean as his team crossed to the North Pole. 

Talks outline

Mark Wood shares his experiences through his leadership talks and focuses on the many similarities between the difficult challenges faced by organisations today and the challenges faced by explorers in very dangerous and hostile regions. Mark is able to deliver a highly thought provoking, inspirational and motivating speech to his audiences.

The titles Mark Wood uses for speaking events are as follows:

My Life in a Freezer

Pioneers and modern day exploration

Thinking different

Below Zero decision making

Mark Wood Inspirational Speaker

Mark Wood has a natural ability to effortlessly link the outdoors and the rigours of exploration with the everyday business environment. His engaging and entertaining style makes the stories and parallels he draws easy to absorb and to act upon. a really great and inspirational speaker.”

Jon Geldart 

Executive Director Markets Development 

Grant Thornton International Ltd

Mark Wood is an engaging and authentic speaker who presented to around thirty business owners and directors as part of our leadership development programme, called great200Leaders. The theme was “extreme leadership” and Mark had the audience spellbound with a mixture of storytelling, anecdotes, pictures and videos. Our audience thoroughly enjoyed the Q&A session too. Mark Wood has a real edge to his talks.”

Ian McLaughlan

Great 200 Leaders Conference

“In the world of so-called professional adventurers, Mark Wood stands out as being different. Unlike egocentric attention seekers desperate to tell us about their particular brilliance, Mark Wood uses his expeditions to make the world a better place for young people. He does this through education and communication programs and by generally ‘putting something back on the table’. He is a decent man driven by strong principles - a remarkable speaker who can captivate any audience.”

Christopher Mike

Managing Director 

Calibre Management 

Mark Wood is a natural story teller, as well as being an explorer, who has true stories of adventure, bravery and global journeys. He captivated both the children and the adults at the children’s university graduation ceremony, everyone felt honoured to be sitting in the same room with him. I think we were all hoping that some of his qualities might rub off on us! Intelligent, thoughtful and topical issues were raised together with his sense of humour, leaving us thoroughly entertained and educated. The children were given the opportunity to ask Mark Wood questions at the end and were queuing up to be photographed with him. Just one of the many comments we received was that the evening ‘was phenomenal’. I recommend everyone to keep an eye on him to see what he is up to next!”

Carolyn Lloyd

Children’s university Strategic Manager 

Central Children’s University

“Our Skype call with Mark Wood was a highly motivational, exciting and educational experience. My year 5 students are still talking about it weeks later and will follow his future endeavours with great interest. A wonderful way to educate that opened up our eyes to the possibilities of using Skype as an educational tool. We can’t wait for our next Skype call.”

Andrew Schulz 

Year 5 class teacher

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School 

Melbourne, Australia

“I had the great pleasure of partnering with Mark Wood while I was Head of Social Good at Skype.  Mark Wood is a dedicated and driven explorer who takes calculated risks to continuously push boundaries.  He is also a passionate activist reporting from the front lines about the reality of climate change.  And finally he is an educator at heart who takes great joy in inspiring and informing young people. “

Mark Wood was an outstanding partner for a corporate sponsorship, always thinking strategically about how to integrate our technology and brand authentically into his journey.  He continually sought new ways to add value, ensuring that the partnership was a strong investment.  He’s also a highly engaging public speaker.  I have watched him light up rooms full of senior leaders and employees from across an organisation on multiple occasions. “

Andy Schmidt 

Former head of Social Good

Skype / Microsoft 

“Your life is a wonderful example of ‘choosing life’ and to live it fully; and your Everest story showed that, at a moment of intense pressure when your target was so close, you chose to give life to another. I was so glad that the young people - and their parents and teachers - were given an example of human life, lived well. Your decision was a moment of human greatness that will surpass any other personal achievement. “

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth

Bishop of Coventry UK