Mark Birdwood was educated at Radley and Trinity College, Cambridge, before commissioning with the Royal Horse Guards. Thereafter he joined J. Walter Thompson as a copywriter and was Creative Director of another London agency as well as Development Director for Cambridge Consultants (now Cambridge Communications). Thereon (last thirty-plus years) he has operated in executive search with Boyden International and also co-founded Wrightson Wood and for the last seventeen years has been a solo with his own vehicle, Martlet. Chairman of Steeltower Ltd, property development companies which he co-founded.
Mark is a trustee of two charities and was on the Select Committee for Science and Technology. He is an honorary Research Associate of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics. He is a patron of Mansfield College, Oxford.