Chief Executive

The founder of Cogitamus, Mark’s strategic counsel blends advocacy, political lobbying, policy development, alliance-building and media communications in a potent and highly effective approach to public affairs for clients.

This has been deployed successfully in a significant number of high profile campaigns, particularly in the transport industry, including:

  • multiple projects in the highly competitive rail franchising market;
  • a range of demanding transport technology procurement contests;
  • the enactment of public, private and hybrid legislation supporting transport or environmental objectives;
  • the devolution of transport powers from central to local government;
  • inquiries by parliamentary committees or other statutory bodies;
  • working for the promoters of or objectors to major planning applications in the maritime, aviation and rail sectors;
  • the improvement of industrial relations and the resolution of disputes;
  • applications for public funding of projects; and
  • stakeholder consultation assignments.

Mark’s role is illustrated by the work of Cogitamus Limited for Bombardier Transportation throughout 2011.  Having assisted Bombardier to secure a half billion pound contract for railway signalling equipment, Cogitamus was then required to deal with the aftermath of the UK Government’s decision to award a major train building contract overseas.  The subsequent campaign – in which Cogitamus played a pivotal role – led to Bombardier being awarded an alternative £200m order at the end of the year, securing the future of its Derby factory.

In a personal capacity, Mark is a Trustee of the Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust and was Chair of the Board between 2007 and 2014.