Mark Pollock

Blind South Pole Adventurer now exploring a cure for paralysis

 

Mark helps businesses achieve more than they thought possible. It is tough to deliver world class performance. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen. Mark Pollock is that catalyst.

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business (www.markpollock.com).

In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second storey window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal injury recovery as the world's leading test pilot of Ekso robotic legs combined with aggressive physical therapy and innovative electrical stimulation. Through the Mark Pollock Trust (www.markpollocktrust.org) he is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

Described in the Daily Telegraph as "a story of courage, determination and hope" Mark has used his hard-earned expertise to help people achieve more than they thought possible in over 250 organisations worldwide. Acknowledged as an expert in smashing expectations, Red Bull UK’s Managing Director describes him as “awe-inspiring”. Head of SMB Sales says he “started a conversation about challenging conventional wisdom that is ongoing at Google”.

Topics covered include:

  • Expecting problems as we explore possibilities.
  • Making it happen not making excuses.
  • Empowering teams to disregard the impossible. 

Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and appointed to the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA), Mark is co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark (www.runinthedark.org) and is an ambassador for Wings for Life (UK). He also holds an honorary doctorate from Queens University Belfast, a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University and degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Graduate Business School.”