After completing a BEd (Hons) in Outdoor Education and Environmental Science from Liverpool John Moores, Mark worked at Runshaw College of Further Education, initially as a lecturer and then progressing to a programme leader. He then moved to Cumbria to act as a Head of Dept. in Sport and Outdoors at Newton Rigg.  Here, alongside managing programmes in sport, public services and outdoor education, he established a series of sports scholarships in both Rugby Union alongside the Newcastle Falcons and in Football together with Gretna FC.

After 20 years working in further education Mark undertook the move into higher education and currently manages the FdA Outdoor Education in Ambleside.  Alongside this leadership role Mark teaches across of range of modules including Outdoor Event Management, Facilitation, Journey and Rock.

Mark is a passionate outdoor practitioner and is particularly keen on journeying in a range of ways from sea kayak or canoe to walking and cycling. He has recently completed Lands’ End to John O’Groats and cycled France Coast to Coast through the Pyrenees.

Qualifications and memberships

  • MA
  • FHEA
  • BEd.(Hons) Outdoor Education and Environmental Science

Academic and research interests

  • Journeying
  • Outdoor education
  • Sustainability


  • Lawton, M., 2017. ‘Employers’ perspectives on maximising undergraduate student learning from the outdoor education centre work placement. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education.

Recent external roles

  • Undergraduate External Examiner: Teesside University
  • Product design research: Lowe Alpine
  • Sustainable Festival Management: Kendal Mountain Festival