Fast Track Impact is a family-run, international training company. At the heart of everything we do is empathy, trust and a passion for making the world a better place. Prof Mark Reed is Chief Executive Officer and leads trainings. Dr Joyce Reed is Managing Director. She is also a professional photographer and works closely with Anna Sutherland, our in-house designer. Anna has a HND in Visual Communication and enjoys creating bespoke and functional designs to suit client's needs across a range of media. We work with a UK-based freelance PA who has super-human organisational skills (being super-human is an essential prerequisite to manage Mark's diary). Our headquarters is located between Aberdeen and Inverness, looking over a forest with a rare population of Scottish wildcats, red squirrels and pine martens.
Mark is a recognized international expert in research impact with >200 publications that have been cited over 20,000 times. He is Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship and Director of the Thriving Natural Capital Challenge Centre at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), and a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University, University of Leeds and Birmingham City University. He has won awards for the impact of his research. His work has been funded by ESRC, STFC, NERC, AHRC and BBSRC, and he regularly collaborates and publishes with scholars ranging from the arts and humanities to physical sciences. He regularly reviews research proposals and is a member or chair of funding panels for the UK Research Councils, EU Horizon 2020 and other national and international research funders.
He has been commissioned to write reports and talk to international policy conferences by the United Nations, has acted as a science advisor to the BBC, and is research lead for an international charity.
Mark regularly advises research funders, helping write funding calls, evaluating the impact of funding programmes and training their staff (his interdisciplinary approach to impact has been featured by the UKRI, the largest UK research funder, as an example of good practice). He also regularly advises on impact to policy makers (e.g. evaluating the impact of research funded by Scottish Government and Forest Research), research projects (e.g. via the advisory panel for the EU Horizon 2020 SciShops project) and agencies (e.g. Australian Research Data Common).