Mark Denton

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Mark Denton is a Leadership, Teamwork, and Resilience expert with vast experience navigating turbulent waters. As a professional sailor and Captain, he raced in many of the sport's most grueling events. But it was the opportunity to lead an amateur team in the 'world's toughest' around-the-world yacht race that was to be his making, an experience so rich that it's Mark's sole focus for his speeches.


This epic event sees 12 teams in identical yachts vying for glory across 10 months and 32000 miles around the world. But these are not crewed by hardy professionals from the rarefied world of elite sport. Rather 100% amateurs, male and female, of different ages, backgrounds and nationalities, 70% having never sailed before!


It's the toughest Leadership and Team challenge in the book, and the ultimate laboratory to discover what culture really allows a disparate group of people to achieve the extraordinary when facing constant adversity, change, and competition. The results were surprising, in many ways rewriting the rules of how Leaders and Teams need to be to thrive in a brave new world.


It's been Mark's mission since then to share the learning, as he recognized that the parallels for business were remarkable. He captivated audiences from many of the world's greatest organizations in over 31 countries to date, and with consistent 5-star reviews.


Speaking Topics:


LEADERSHIP: HEART ON MY SLEEVE - Rewriting the Rules for a Brave New World


“HEART ON MY SLEEVE” is Mark Denton’s signature Leadership keynote, taking audiences on a roller-coaster of a journey through the twists, turns, triumphs and tears of leading an amateur team to success in the world’s toughest around-the-world yacht race. 


This gripping multi-media account, challenges many of the existing outdated beliefs of how a Leader should be, rewriting these with new and proven frameworks that deliver sustained performance in a brave new world. Mark will inspire and equip your leaders to:

  • Blur the lines between Individual, Team and Organization Purpose
  • Let go of control in favour of collaboration
  • Value being vulnerable rather than being invincible
  • Overcome obstacles with questions not answers
  • Set bold goals and achieve more than you ever thought possible
  • And it’s all summarised neatly in his 3C’s model of how leaders need to be to deliver sustained performance in these turbulent times: Compassionate, Collaborative and Courageous.


This keynote is great for: Challenging mindsets of Leaders & Managers at every level, and for educating those looking to step up


TEAMWORK: “TOGETHER WE TRIUMPH” - Making the Impossible Possible


‘TOGETHER WE TRIUMPH’ is Mark Denton’s signature Teamwork keynote, an ‘edge of your seat’ multi-media journey through the ups, downs, twists and turns of an amateur team taking part in the ‘worlds toughest’ around-the-world yacht race. 


This gripping account also reveals what allowed this team to thrive when facing constant adversity, change and competition. Mark summarises these into three main cultural factors that teams must embrace in order to achieve the seemingly impossible, no matter how choppy the waters:


Safe: Learn how to supercharge collaboration and unlock high performance by embracing and improving psychological safety
Happy: Understand why prioritising Team, Customer and Stakeholder happiness is the key to sustained success
Fast: Embrace experimentation and reframe failure as the catalyst for learning, innovation and agility


Great for: All staff conferences and department events with a mix of Leaders and Team Members


TEAMWORK: NAVIGATE THE STORM - 8 Steps to Unstoppable


‘NAVIGATE THE STORM’ is Mark Denton’s signature ‘Resilience’ keynote, a roller-coaster multi-media journey through the ups, downs, twists and turns of an amateur team taking part in the ‘worlds toughest’ around-the-world yacht race. And as the gripping account unfolds, Mark shares his unique perspective on what kept him and the team resilient, including top-tips on how to nurture the 8 key factors summarised in the ‘Navig-8 Model’; Purposeful Direction, Collaboration, Emotion Regulation, Optimism, Creativity, Anticipation, Courage and Persistence.


This simple but comprehensive framework (that’s shared with attendees post event) equips them to:

  • Recognise that resilience is multifaceted and accessible to all
  • Understand the different factors, and why each are key
  • Learn practical ways of  optimising these to get back on track
  • Navigate any storm in their personal or professional lives


Great for: Leadership/Management conferences and All-Staff conferences, especially where Organisations are facing turbulent times

Mark Denton's Experiences

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“A game-changing speaker everyone will remember forever”

CHRO, Ceva Logistics

“An incredible story full of key insight to help us with our own challenges”

Chairman, BAE Systems

“A truly inspirational speaker who provides so much transferable learning for all industries and walks of life”

Head of Learning and Development, AHDB

“Hi Mark, that was fantastic. Thank you so much for delivering such an amazing and inspiring talk. It exceeded my expectations (which were already sky-high) and aligned so well with the key messages we are trying to drive out to the teams as we head into this next year. Thanks again for helping make the Chargebee RKO such a success.”

CRO, Chargebee

"Mark presented an insightful and energetic vision of leadership, emphasizing resiliency, vulnerability and grit. His personal approach conveyed smoothly to the virtual platform, and feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive".

Mission Veterinary Partners

"Mark's Denton is the whole package. Not only is he approachable and a genuinely kind person, his story of teamwork and leadership can translate into any industry. Exceptional."

Northeast Regional Carwash Convention