About Mark

Mark served a long career in the armed forces, most of which he spent in a survival role.


About Mark

Mark is the Owner and Director of Natural Survivor Ltd.

Here is his story…

Growing up in a small rural village in Suffolk, I always enjoyed the outdoors and what it had to offer. Luckily for me, it was all on my doorstep. I joined the scouts at a young age and loved every minute of it. I soon realised that being part of a team that worked well together was very important to me. Learning new skills, making new friends, training evenings, weekend camps, summer camps and all the new things I was learning really started me on a journey thats brought me to where I am today.

Serving a long career in HM Armed Forces spanning from 1990 – 2018 I travelled  extensiveIy over the years experiencing a side of life I wouldn’t have normally encountered, educating me about different cultures along the way. Now I have retired from military life I find myself evermore drawn back to nature and the calmness it brings. Having been on a personal recovery journey of my own and the realisation of the way my life has changed was the biggest part of my decision to start my own company. Even after all these years, there is still something magical about being out in nature and absorbing everything it has to offer. In today’s world, technology is distracting people from getting out there and making the most of life. It is all too easy to talk to people on social media and not even leave the house.

 

Imagine this crazy idea, instead of talking to your friends on social media, you are all together, sitting around a campfire with food and a nice hot drink, chatting and laughing about the activities of the day or individual experiences in life. Not only do you feel the warmth of the campfire but you experience the true warmth of friendship.

It is awe-inspiring for me to see how nature brings people together, and the way it brings something out from inside you that you wouldn’t normally experience in everyday life. We live in a fast paced life now and take for granted the very environment that surrounds us. Mother nature is working tirelessly to keep things ticking along nicely for us and our planet, and on the most part we don’t even see it or take advantage of what is right in front of us. That is why I invite you to come and join me around that fire, tell me your stories of life’s journey whilst at the same time building memories for the next one (story that is, not life ). I will share my experiences with you and teach you how you can live in the wilderness. I will teach you valuable skills that will aid you in the wild and show you that you too have inside what it takes to be confident in unfamiliar surroundings.

The most beautiful thing about nature is it can be enjoyed by anyone, whilst the best thing about knowledge is it can be shared with everyone.

I look forward to meeting you very soon.

Mark

 

Mark's Qualifications

Mark has many years of experience in the armed forces, most of which was served in a survival role. He also holds the following formal qualifications in teaching and survival.

  • NCFE Accredited – Level 4 Survival, Bushcraft and Wilderness Living Skills Instructor and Mentor
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Extreme Survival and Wilderness Living Skills
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Animal Tracking
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Primitive Weapons
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Foraging
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Axe Proficiency and Charcoal making
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 2 Survival and Wilderness Living Skills
  • Level 2 – Survival Training Course
  • Level 3 – Health and Safety with merit
  • EFSS – Maritime Warfare school of Sea Survivability
  • Management and Leadership
  • Management and Supervision
  • Team Leader Certified
  • Methods of Instruction
  • Defence Instructional Techniques
  • UATT Instructor (Unit Aircrew Train the Trainer)
  • Full Enhanced DBS Check
  • British Red Cross – First Aid at Work
  • City & Guilds – Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering