Director, Vogel Wakefield

Mark works largely but not exclusively with board members and senior leaders in the Higher Education and Media sectors.  They find his friendly but challenging approach invaluable in navigating the often baffling complexity of modern organisational life.   

Mark brings to his work skills developed as a journalist, corporate strategist, and coach. His approach is founded on the belief that we’re at our best when we’re true to ourselves.  He supports his clients in developing self-awareness and acquiring the skills required to lead from a position of personal integrity.  They value the years of experience he has of leadership in complex, often highly charged environments and the different perspectives he brings to bear on their particular situations –  the social, political and economic as well as the psychological.

Recent assignments that are typical of the issues Mark encounters include: supporting a university Pro-Vice Chancellor transition to a new role that required strong networking and influencing skills; working with a Research Director in developing a plan for personal growth based on personal purpose and values; and supporting the MD of a major publishing firm develop his leadership skills during a period of disruptive change.


Mark developed his analytical and investigative skills during a career in BBC journalism, so he knows how to tease out the story beneath the organisational veneer. He was the award-winning editor of Public Eye and had key roles on programmes such as Panorama, Newsnight and The Money Programme.

Soon after moving into management consultancy he became Head of Media at Arthur D. Little’s London office. From there he moved back to the BBC where he was a key strategy advisor to the Chairman and Board of Trustees during some of the most difficult times in the Corporation’s recent history, including the Gilligan/Hutton crisis. As the BBC’s Head of Performance he pioneered the application of public value methodology.  With his business partner, Martin Vogel, he set up Vogel Wakefield in 2011, the consultancy which sees business as part of the solution to society’s problems.

Professional development and accreditation

Mark holds an ILM Diploma in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring.  He is a licensed practitioner of both the MBTI and FIRO-B instruments, and in the Analytic-Network Coaching System.  He is an accredited member of the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision and subscribes to its code of ethics.






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