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30 years of enabling people

Mark Austin, Director

Mark has 30 years of corporate experience enabling people – as an employee, board member and specialist. He built his career at Kier – a FTSE 250 construction company – working his way up from their apprenticeship programme to Divisional, Operations and Innovation Director roles.


A strategic thinker, Mark is skilled at connecting the dots and a great advocate for the role of learning and development. He has a wealth of experience managing complex change and transformation.

His career highlights include:

  • Developing an in-house NVQ centre
  • Setting up the degree programme with Sheffield Hallam University
  • Setting up the UK’s first ILM qualification in the industry for supervisors
  • Participant in the East Sussex Skills Taskforce (2017 to 2019)
  • 10 years of engagement with the local school as a STEM ambassador
  • A Foundation degree student and CIOB mentor 
  • High Speed 1, Devonport, Crossrail, Deephams STW

Mark brings a passion for helping others that’s rooted in his own experience of working within an industry that can feel, at times, relentless. It’s not come without a few bumps in the road, and after suffering from anxiety, Mark found balance in focussing on his other great passion – woodwork.

Through lived experience, Mark is an ambassador for wellbeing and believes in leaving teams stronger and more resilient.


“Through the degree programme, I’m proud to have enabled 300+ young people to access the kind of opportunity and career that I’ve been afforded”

Values: What you can expect from us




We are curious – about people, projects, technology, the future – and this gives us the edge. Our clients rely on us to spot trends and figure out what makes people tick. We don’t have a crystal ball, but through intelligent questioning, we provoke the conversations necessary to build consensus.


The big themes of our time are challenging us all. Climate change, Covid, people versus technology, remote working, life/work balance. We are passionate about helping people find their equilibrium. Getting this right is essential to the wellbeing of our workforces and the future of our industry.


With decades of experience in corporate life and mega projects, whatever the issue, we’ve been there and have the battle scars to prove it. We equip your team to be more resilient in the face of change and with the right mindset to tackle new challenges.


We are passionate about investing in people and providing the kinds of opportunities that enabled our own success. Clients value our infectious energy and enthusiasm for the industry. We help your people to find their inner belief that anything is possible.

People Power


In three decades we’re proud to say we’ve met a few people. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we can put you in touch with those who will.

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