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.
Affiliations and Associations
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- The Royal Geographical Society is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences. Today, it is the leading centre for geographers and geographical learning.
- Member of the Norwegian Explorers Club
- The Norwegian Chapter of the Explorers Club asked Mark to become a member in 2014 - with the likes of Borge Ousland and Rune Gjeldnes as members Mark was honoured to be asked. He is only the second British Explorer to be asked into the Norwegian Chapter.
- Member of the Explorers Club
- The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.
- Ambassador to the Princes trust
The Prince's Trust supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law.
The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.
- Patron to Plas Dol-y-Moch
- Situated in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, Plas Dol-y-Moch is the leading outdoor centre of inner city students from the Midlands UK. Inspiring students to experience everything the great outdoors has to offer.
- Ambassador to Sporting Equals
- Sporting Equals helps black and ethnic minority communities gain access to sport and physical activities. It helps to eradicate rasicum within sport. As an ambassador, Mark is proud to be associated with such a diverse charity linking extreme polar / mountain expeditions with the sporting world.
- Explorer for IGGY
An international network of the brightest and most creative young people aged 13-18. Members are part of a global community that provides access to a wide range of exciting opportunities not available anywhere else. Set up by the University of Warwick, IGGY operates within over 33 countries and provides a wider audience for my expeditions and educational projects.
Mark Wood is IGGY’s explorer and he works closely with us to educate our global online community about climate change, exploration, discovery, adventure and medical health. Alongside this, Mark promotes passion and drive to succeed, and enthuses our IGGY members about challenging themselves physically and mentally.
He is a true ambassador to our growing community of members and has worked with us in conjunction with academic departments at the University of Warwick to communicate the impact of his expeditions. We see Mark as a valuable asset to our brand and we look forward to sharing his future expeditions in order to educate and challenge our IGGY members.
- Patron for Hire A Hero UK.org - Serving Those Who Served Us
- Hire a Hero is a charity that supports service leavers through the transition into civilian life. They work in partnership with public, private and third sector organisations to provide a network of support and to signpost service leavers to the most appropriate resources as required.
- Warwick University - Polar Explorer
Mark was asked to support the celebrations of the 50th year of Warwick University - highlighting the adventure, diversity and spirit of the University itself.
- Skype In the Classroom - Global Education Platform
Mark delivers talks every week through the Skype in the Classroom Platform - connecting with thousands of students around the world.
His aim is to highlight the role of a modern day explorer, to encourage students to understand clearly the issues we face through Global warming and finally to think differently about themselves and the planet.
- Children's University Patron
Children's University is a critically acclaimed, international initiative which takes learning out the classroom: they encourage children 5 - 14 years of age to 'try something new'. At the heart of our work is the ambition to raise aspirations, build character and increase the love of learning, so that children and young people (of all abilities and backgrounds) can be the best they can be.
Coventry Children's University is honoured to have Mark Wood as their Children's University Patron as he inspires us all through both his actions and words.