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Mark Neild

Advisor Reading, United Kingdom, GB

I put business model around crazy ideas to turn concept 2 company. Led Technology Innovation team at PA Consulting now Design Mentor.

I put business model around crazy ideas to turn concept 2 company. Led Technology Innovation team at PA Consulting now Design Mentor.

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Involved In


Cambridge Wireless


Cloud Cannon

Side Projects

Startup Weekend


Business Model Innovation Coach Inspiring innovation and transformational growth October 2013 - present
Business Model Innovation Coach agileering October 2013 - present
Chairman of Board of Trustees and Volunteer Consultant Grow Movement December 2014 - present
Founder GrowInspires January 2016 - present
Organiser - Startup Weekend Dunedin Upstart Business Incubator December 2012 - September 2013
Lecturer and Startup Coach University of Otago October 2012 - September 2013
User-Technology Coherence expert Effectus Limited October 2012 - July 2013
Secondary School Racing Coach Otago Yacht Club October 2012 - April 2013
Founder Member and SIG Champion Cambridge Wireless March 2010 - August 2012
Head of Business Transformation (Europe) Nokia Siemens Networks October 2009 - August 2012
Principal of Training School / Chief Instructor Goring Thames Sailing Club May 2009 - August 2012
Managing Consultant PA Consulting Group January 2000 - October 2009
3G procurement Meteor Mobile Communications 2008 - 2008
Product Head, National Consumer Services Virgin Media January 1998 - January 2000
Aircrew Officer Royal Navy September 1981 - July 1996
To Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy September 1981 - July 1996


Cass Business School Finance 1996 - 1997
UMIST Structural Engineering 1982 - 1985

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Education
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education
  • • Records
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Content
  • • SME
  • • young entrepreneurs
  • • underpriveleged

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Training • Business Development • Business planning • Startups • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

Over the past 15 years, I have delivered £500M in benefits by helping clients adopt the right business model. My primary expertise is to bridge the divide between technology and market (users or customers) - reducing complexity and bringing focus so that tech people concentrate their technology roadmap on things that customers will pay most for, while helping users to adopt new ways of working that are more effective. Formerly an ICT Innovation Consultant, clients included Ministry of Defense, Cabinet Office, Orange, Nokia, UBS and Vodafone. I now run my own technology innovation advisory business, am registered with the Government's Business growth Service, with the Design Council and Design Mentor and coach with leading London Universities on their Enterprise / Startup schemes. I am also Chairman of an award winning charity that coaches entrepreneurs in Africa using digital channels that is on a high growth trajectory
Won Thames Valley Mentor of the year 2015 for my work coaching entrepreneurs

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

It is really great to have a sounding board for ideas. I am really looking for somebody as passionate as I am to bring better innovation and design thinking to more organisations.

As an Advisor

I really bring rigour and precision to the thought process and help people bring Lean Startup to life by finding the funding to turn concept into company. The process of applying for funding is great at forcing focus and really concentrating on roadmap and business model and there is lots of funding around for technology innovation. I also help people to look at things in different ways as a means of seeing alternative solutions and business models. My real expertise is product/market fit and design thinking.

As an executive coach and Chartered Manager, I have a lot of experience with getting things done and how to set up an organisation to deliver the strategy

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Emily Sutton
We worked together
Mark is a creative, calm and ambitious person with an excellent range of skills and knowledge. He is able to develop great projects, is trus ... tworthy, and has all of the key entrepreneurial traits required to succeed in our industry.
Nik Haidar
We worked together
He has a strong foundation of experience - built across multiple sectors, industries and geographies. His builds on this foundation with a r ... eal eye for opportunity, solid judgement, a passion and drive for innovation and a relentless work ethic
Mike Neumegen
We worked together
Mark is a great entrepreneur because he understands why startups fail. He has taught me to have a customer-driven approach in building my bu ... siness which has given me the focus I needed. Mark is easy-going, extremely knowledgeable and very willing to help.
We worked together
Mark captures and channels the enthusiasm of others, a rare quality that makes Mark a great asset in any new venture
Douglas Ogeto
They're my mentor  •  Curator, Startup Digest and Business Developement, GW Creators.
Mark is experienced in Marketing with invaluable advice on how to test new markets. Additionally, he's open minded and able to tackle issues ... objectively with tailored solutions.
Cam Stoltz
They're my mentor  •  Creative Director, Cam Air Entertainment and First Camera Assistant, TV Commercial, TV/Feature Drama Production.
Mark brings several years of international experience in business development and wisdom in connecting innovation to the market. His knowle ... dge of the Lean Startup is communicated with clear and concise questions to entrepreneurs. His patience in listening to the challenge, problem, or fact can not be over looked, as this set Marks apart. If your start-up is looking for an advisor that will listen and advise in language you can understand then Mark is to be highly considered.
Steve Silvey
We worked together  •  Regional General Manager/Investment Manager, Powerhouse Ventures Limited and Director, Photonic Innovations Limited.
Mark is a highly experienced innovator with a pragmatic and intelligent approach to problem solving. He combines the professional disciplin ... e of his consulting background with a genuine enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and start ups, and brings a positive approach to any new challenge.
Claire Jenkins
We worked together  •  Ceo, Grow Movement. Previously General Manager India Operations, BT.
Mark is a great advisor. He worked with an entrepreneur via Skype in Rwanda and had a really positive impact on his client
Peter Johnston
Managing Director, StartupMotor and Develop Oxford. Run Datascience Oxford with 1000 members.
Mark is practical, insightful and a good communicator at all levels. He knows how to bring old-fashioned companies forward and blends new an ... d old methodologies.

Claire Jenkins
Ceo, Grow Movement. Previously General Manager India Operations, BT.
Claire has huge passion for helping entrepreneurs particularly in Africa where they do not always enjoy the resources that we take for grant ... ed. She is a talented leader and an inspiration to many

Damian Mark Smyth
Regional Business Growth Advisor, Nigel Botterill's Entrepreneurs Circle and Owner,
As well as (genuinely) being a rock star, Damian gives well considered and generally fab advice.

Jason Economides
Need help getting customers? No we're not yet another "SEO" or "Lead generation" company. We provide free marketing/business training.
Jason has a profound knowledge of digital marketing and can help startups to get the basics right