Mark Gallagher Speaker, Speeches, Booking Agent | MFL Global

Mark Gallagher

Co–owner Status GrandPrix racing team formerly with Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth

Having worked at the forefront of the Formula One motor racing industry, including executive roles at Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth, Mark Gallagher delivers inspirational business lessons learned from a diverse career spanning almost 30 years in this high technology sport.

Credible when it comes to speech content, and charismatic in delivery, Mark is an excellent public speaker with a 15-year track record. His insight into motorsport's 'winning ways' will resonate with performance-driven organisations. Formula One is a unique mix of business, innovation and sport, where strong leadership, efficient teamwork, split-second decision-making and a clear focus on delivery are required to compete at the highest levels.

Aside from working internationally as a public speaker, Mark makes regular media appearances within the Formula One industry. He is a commentator & F1 Analyst for BBC and the Official Formula One App, and now also a contributor on Formula One to ESPN and Sky Sports F1. He also co-owns his own racing team, Status Grand Prix, which competes in GP3 and sports car events including the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours. Starting out as an F1 journalist and broadcaster he went on to become a media consultant for major sponsors including Marlboro and Canon. He joined Eddie Jordan's fledgeling F1 team for its debut season in 1991, returning to the team in 1995 where he became head of marketing and was on the team's management board during its most successful years. Mark was famously described as ‘head of making things happen’ in Eddie Jordan’s dynamic organisation. He then joined Jaguar Racing and helped in its transition into the now-dominant Red Bull Racing team, before taking over responsibility from 2009 until 2011 for the return of Cosworth to Formula One. Between 2009 and 2011 Mark was directly responsible for supplying one-third of the Formula One teams with engine technology, re-establishing the Cosworth F1 business which has powered 13 Drivers Champions and won 176 Grands Prix - second only to Ferrari.

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During his career, Mark has worked directly with drivers including Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Ayrton Senna, and also spent time as part of Jenson Button’s management team.

Since 2005 Mark has also co-owned his own racing team, Status Grand Prix based at Silverstone in the UK, which won the 2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, has scored multiple victories in the GP3 feeder-series to Formula One and competes in the Le Mans sports car racing series. Status has three times won the ‘Best Presented Team’ Award, setting the benchmark in professionalism and presentation.

Today, Mark Gallagher heads a sports investment group, sits on the board of Status Grand Prix and uses his vast experience in the Formula One industry to work with teams, sponsors and drivers. He also makes regular appearances in the media, notably with Sky News, and is an expert pundit and commentator at Formula One events with ESPN Star Sports, broadcasting to 24 countries and 36 Million F1 fans in Asia.

His expertise has also been called upon by Disney Pixar for whom he acted as an industry consultant on the animated films CARS The Movie and CARS 2. Mark coordinated an agreement with Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone which enabled Disney Pixar to host its European media launch of CARS The Movie at the Spanish Grand Prix, and enjoys first-hand experience of working with the man who created the global sport of F1.

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“I have worked with MFL for close to 20 years and their professionalism in matching client to speaker and ensuring that every aspect of the engagement is managed correctly really helps to set them apart. The quality of information provided and calibre of service means that, from my perspective, it is always a pleasure when booked by them for a corporate event.” Mark

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Topics

Managing Risk and Safety

A sport that witnessed 47 drivers killed between 1950 and 1994 has shown what can be achieved when a business culture is reprioritised towards safety-first. Under the leadership of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, the teams achieved a paradigm shift, recording zero driver fatalities in the 18 years since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger died during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix weekend. The lessons learned in F1 have been so profound, that they have been widely applied to road safety programmes, including the European Union’s NCAP safety certification initiative.

Teamwork

Formula One™ requires competitors to develop world -class team work, seamless collaboration with key partners and an unwavering focus on delivery.
The team culture that pervades Formula One teams is a vital ingredient to achieve success. These teams employ many hundreds of staff and work with dozens of key technical partners, all working towards the immoveable deadlines of 20 Grands Prix across the globe. The relentless quest for improvement never ceases.

Leadership

Good leadership is pivotal to the success of any organisation. The complex nature of modern Formula One™ teams means that their leaders need to possess a wide range of skills, enabling them to manage the demands of a high technology manufacturing business, combined with building a multi-national team capable of achieving world-class sporting success.
Leadership is also a recognised quality of the top drivers in Formula One, from the late Ayrton Senna to the most successful driver of all time, Michael Schumacher, who demonstrated great internal leadership during his dominant years at Ferrari.

Motivation

How do you motivate people to go that extra mile, to do whatever is necessary to get the job done, often in the face of adversity whether it be a seemingly impossible deadline, limited resources or against formidable opposition?
Developing personnel, understanding their inner motivations, cultivating team spirit and creating an atmosphere within which the job always gets done, the deadlines always met, and goals constantly pursued; this is the requirement, whether in Formula One or any other business.

Client Centricity

A Formula One™ team needs to be a customer-focused business like any other. Winning, sustaining and growing customer relationships to develop a profitable business able to invest in its future.
For the benchmark teams in F1, long-term success has been created through the successful delivery of customer-centric strategies aimed at ensuring that, whether the team wins the race or finishes last, the customers always come first and their goals are achieved.

Innovation and Creativity

Technical innovation lies at the heart of Formula One™ as the teams seek improvements to vehicle and team performance season to season, race to race, embracing new ideas in their battle against both the competition and the restrictions upon them by the sports governing body. As the teams innovate to improve performance, their opposition watches carefully, copying ideas, enhancing them where fresh opportunities are pinpointed.
It comes as no surprise to see Formula One innovations employed in businesses, from automotive to defense, or in sports including cycling and sailing.

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Having heard him speak at an EADS Engagement Forum in Paris I asked Mark to speak at our Leadership Conference for Airbus in the UK. He was able to combine his experiences of F1, leadership and engagement in a humorous and enlightening way that really connected with the audience.

Airbus

Mark's presentation was tailored to fit our business and conference theme, the delivery was professional, highly motivating and extremely interesting for our large international audience. Mark received excellent feedback from all delegates.

Marriott Hotels International Ltd

Mark brought the glitz of Formula 1™ racing right back to the basics of business and the fundamental role powerful teamwork, at all levels, plays in an enterprise's success. A compelling, insightful and inspiring story for all personnel in any organisation!

HEINEKEN Ireland

Thank you for your wonderful presentation. Your insights on the team work and motivation were truly exceptional.

British Airways

Publications

The Business of Winning

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Grand Prix The Last 25 Years

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Fees & Details

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    Up to £7k

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    £7k to £15k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

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United Kingdom

Languages

English

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