Location: London, Speciality: Insight

Mark Cowan

Founding Director & Business Development Director of Happen UK

Mark is brilliant at getting the best out of people - helping them make the difference they’re capable of and getting them to go for it.


  • European Marketing, MA, Leeds Metropolitan University

Previous incarnations:

  • Business Analyst, British Airways
  • Marketing Manager, Altran Group UK/France
  • Innovation Consultant, Synectics
  • Clients have included Ministry of Sound, Twitter, Woolite, Vanish, Harpic, Bombay Sapphire, Mortein, Goldenfry Foods, Oxford Said Business School, Adams Foods and KFC

Guiding belief:

  • Innovation is not about how much money you have; it’s about people, leadership, and going for it


  • Leveraging untapped opportunities for brands & companies
  • France
  • Running London’s first ever Indian Spice Tour – a walking tour of Brick Lane & Wembley spice markets, ethnic shops & temples
  • Judge on the Quality Food Awards

Proudest of:

  • Delivering incremental revenue for some of the world’s leading brands
  • Helping to grow a fantastic innovation agency to 50+ people in 5 years