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092: Leadership in Lockdown, Business & Beyond with Mark Wood, Explorer

In this week's episode I discuss leadership, living in isolation and raising finance with Mark Wood, an established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet.

After serving in the British Army and then as a Firefighter in the Fire and Rescue Service Mark went on to train and lead teams for major polar and mountain expeditions.

Operating in areas such as the Arctic circle, the Himalayas, Antarctica, Alaska – along with the Norwegian and Canadian high Arctic Mark developed a passion for exploration.

He has completed over 30 major expeditions around the world including a solo expedition to the South Geographic Pole followed directly by a 200 mile solo crossing of the Arctic ocean to the Geographic North Pole which became part of a Channel 5 documentary.

Additionally, he has crossed the horizontal Everest of the Canadian high arctic to the Geomagnetic Pole, twice, and supported the BBC Top gear team to the Magnetic North Pole.

In this episode you will learn

  • How Mark raises finance for his expeditions
  • The keys to successful leadership in extreme conditions
  • His advice for businesses as we re-emerge from lockdown



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Rion Willard

Rion Willard is the Host and Director of the Business of Architecture UK, an interview podcast where prominent guests share tips and strategies for success in architecture. He’s the founder of the The Thinking Hand Studio Architects a London based architectural design firm specialising in high end luxury residential.