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Mark Hardie

Personal statement

Mark Hardie joined the Royal Marines in 1998 and spent the next 8 years in operational Commando units deploying to Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, the Arabian Gulf and Northern Island. He spent 2007-2010 as lead officer for the repatriation of fatalities from operations supporting the families of fallen marines and service personnel. It was during this challenging period that he realised the importance of competent, ethical leadership in the military when dealing with casualties and fatalities. Quite simply, if you want to send people into combat, you have an ethical responsibility to ensure that those who pay the price through death or injury are looked after.

In 2010 he was awarded the MBE for his support to bereaved families and injured marines and his role in planning the first expedition to Everest Base Camp for injured marines. He completed a Masters in War in the Modern World in 2011 during his final tour at the Commando Training Centre leaving the Corps in 2012. In 2016 he returned on full time reserve service as the lead officer for the organisational response to the Marine A case and other complex personnel issues including bringing women into Royal Marines commando service. During this period he was lucky to be part of the small team that developed and now delivers the Naval Service Ethics Programme.

Mark is an executive coach, mindfulness trainer and senior partner in an innovative decision games consultancy. He lives on the south coast with his family.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • MA
  • Various military qualifications

Professional memberships

  • Member - European Coaching and Mentoring Council - Master Practitioner level.

Areas of expertise

  • Military history
  • Military ethics
  • Commando training
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Stoicism
  • Mindfulness

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