Mark Robinson runs Thinking Practice. He founded the company when he left Arts Council England in 2010. Since then he has worked with 40 organisations in the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia. He is the author of the influential paper Making Adaptive Resilience Real, and of The Role of Diversity in Building Adaptive Resilience (with Tony Nwachukwu).
Mark was Executive Director of Arts Council England, North East, from 2005-2010. Amongst his national roles for Arts Council England, he chaired Art Co Limited, the trading company which oversaw the phenomenal growth of Own Art and Take It Away. He was previously Director of Arts & Humanities at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Durham (1999-2000) where he researched and published on poetry, literature and education, arts and health, and community development. As Director of Cleveland Arts (1993-99) he set up the Teesside Arts in Education agency, amongst a wide variety of initiatives. Prior to this he worked as a freelance writer, literature development worker, writer-in-residence in a prison, directed the Writearound Festival and was an award-winning Head Chef in vegetarian catering.
Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a widely published poet and critic, and Smokestack Books will publish How I Learned to Sing: New & Selected Poems in 2013. His most recent publication is A Balkan Exchange: 8 British and Bulgarian Poets (Arc 2007), the result of a long collaboration between North East England and Bulgaria. For 10 years he edited Scratch poetry magazine and press. In 2000 a film featuring one of his poems won a Regional Royal Television Society award.