Mark Cowling has lived in and around the New Forest for most of his adult life and as a keen cyclist, runner and walker has embraced the recreational opportunities on offer in this unique National Park.
Most of his work experience has been gained from an extensive military career managing engineering assets and technical personnel globally. His most fulfilling years were spent at the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering; a training establishment delivering both academic and practical skills to aspiring young apprentices. He was directly responsible for the training and development of young soldiers from numerous social and cultural backgrounds with varying academic abilities. This rewarding experience inspired him to go on to invest in young people in the school environment, encourage them to self believe and strive to achieve greater things. He now works with the Army Reserve and is responsible for the training and development of Reserve soldiers based in and around Southampton.
Mark has been a keen cyclist for more than 20 years. His initial interest was for commuting purposes but now promotes the environmental and health benefits associated with this activity. He uses road cycling as a way of keeping fit and regulary takes visiting family and friends on the forest trails as a way of exploring the New Forest. He is a member of British Cycling and a qualified Level 2 Cycling Coach.