Mark Gallagher Speaker

Mark Gallagher Keynote Speaker

  • Managing Director, Performance Insights Ltd
  • Worked at the forefront of the Formula One motor racing industry for many years
  • Author, "The Business of Winning" and "The Future Business Formula"

Mark Gallagher's Biography

During the course of a 40 year career Mark Gallagher has held senior roles in the high performance environment of Formula 1 motor racing. Today he is an author, broadcaster and industry analyst who continues to work with drivers and teams at the forefront of this global sport. He is also a renowned public speaker and since 1998 has provided keynote presentations and insights to organisations world wide.

Mark’s executive management career in Formula 1 included more than a decade on the management board of the successful Jordan Grand Prix team, running the world famous Cosworth engine business and helping establish the commercial arm of Red Bull Racing.

Mark has been a member of the technical working groups within the sport’s governing body, the FIA, tasked with tackling challenges including environmental sustainability and safety, the latter being central to the sport’s regulatory environment. He spent two years working on the energy efficiency regulations adopted by Formula 1 in 2014.

His expertise covers the commercial and operational management of Formula 1 teams, and includes the sport’s regulatory, business and technology landscape. Since 1994 he has introduced some of the world’s leading technology companies to the sport, playing a key role in the digital transformation of Formula 1.

Mark’s career in Formula One commenced in 1983, working in media and communications before joining the start-up Jordan Grand Prix team in 1990. Mark joined the management board of Jordan in 1998, the team challenging for the World Championship in 1999.

In 2004 he was invited to join the Jaguar Racing organisation as it transitioned into becoming Red Bull Racing. In 2010 Mark was appointed head of the world-famous Cosworth Formula 1 engine company, supplying one-third of the teams in Formula 1 with engines and associated technologies.

Beyond Formula 1 Mark was the co-founder and owner of Status Grand Prix, competing in lower formulae and international sports cars racing.

Since 2012 Mark has focused on his Formula 1 consulting business, Performance Insights, working with a range of clients including drivers, teams and commercial partners. He is a columnist, features writer and podcaster for GP Racing Magazine and Autosport, part of the New York-based media company, Motorsport Network.

He has written four books, Grand Prix – The Last 25 Years (WH Smith, 1999) and two editions of The Business of Winning (Kogan Page, 2014) with a fully revised, 2nd edition published in October 2021. His fourth book The Future Business Formula, co-authored with business coach Adrian Stalham, was published in May 2023. Mark also collaborated with David Coulthard on his Sunday Times Best Seller The Winning Formula (Blink Publishing, 2018). Between 2005 and 2010 Mark was a consultant to Pixar on its CARS and CARS 2 movies.

Read More

Mark Gallagher's Speaking Topics

  • Teamwork: How a team culture fuels high performance

A Formula One™️ team has to design, manufacture, develop and operate a high performance vehicle which combines technologies from aerospace, automotive and ICT. Compliance is essential, so too ensuring that the cars are safe, reliable and high performing. Deadlines cannot be missed; the Grands Prix which comprise the FIA Formula One™️ World Championships represent series of non-negotiable deadlines.

Team work is key; the top teams have 1000 staff, only 10% of whom attend the races, so the high performance team work starts weeks, months and years before an event in the research & development facilities and factories where these fascinating Formula One™️ machines are developed. Trackside, the high performance team work continues, perfectly exemplified by the pit crews who can execute precision pit stops in 2 seconds.

Developing the right team behaviour and culture is a key focus for the leadership teams. This means ensuring that everyone is accountable, takes responsibility and understands the importance of avoiding silo-mentality and embracing cross functional communications.

Alignment behind the team's strategies and ambitious goals is a vital, so too having the agility to flex strategy in the face of constant changes in technology and the performance of competitors.

  • Change & Transformation: Driving business benefits from the pace of change

Business models break, new ones develop, technology evolves, regulations are revised and customers alter buying habits.

Every industry is witnessing change, and Formula One™️ is no different; as a multi-billion dollar sport it has seen unprecedented change in the last 20 years. The number of events has grown, shifting from its heartland of Europe to a truly global calendar which sees 65% of events in long-haul destinations. The media landscape is changing out of all recognition; gone are the audiences made up of families watching television together, instead global sports are having to develop products to appeal to all ages and demographics, across multiple digital media platforms.

Not only are the sport’s teams doing business in new places and in new ways, but diversification strategies are being implemented as business models evolve. The EU ban on Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship in 2005 caused a seismic shift, so do did the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Today teams are selling technology solutions into diverse sectors including automotive, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and aerospace; a radical transformation for Formula One teams, now operating as technology providers to industry.

Above all, Formula One’s™️ leadership teams have had to communicate, manage and implement transformation strategies, bringing their teams with them, and ensuring that they make the most from embracing change.

  • Safety & Risk Management: Turning risk into results

Safety is a first order priority in Formula One™️ and the last 25 years have seen a profound change to the way in which the sport manages risk. Between 1950 and 1994 there were over 40 driver fatalities at events; there has been one since. This has been made possible by creating clear priorities as regards safety, mandated by the sport’s leadership and shared by the individual teams and race promoters.

Process safety has played a key part in this transformation, whilst a data-driven approach to understanding incidents and accidents, backed up by extensive research and development, has created cars capable of withstanding high-energy impacts, and fully protecting their occupants.

The safety and risk management story goes far beyond the racing itself, the employees and contractors of the teams benefitting from best practices shared between the industry’s HSE management. Furthermore the sport’s governing body, the FIA, transfers knowledge gained from motor sport into promoting road safety around the world through its Action for Road Safety Campaign, employing the United Nations Safe Systems Approach and is a founding partner of the European New Car Approval Programme (EuroNCAP) which has transformed vehicle safety.

  • Data-Driven Performance: Using big data to accelerate success

More than any other sport, Formula One™️ has embraced a data-driven business culture, particularly as regards its near-obsession with marginal gains and continuous improvement.

Starting in the late 1980’s teams began to develop the ability to gather, process, store and utilise information streams in order to better manage risk, optimise performance and guarantee outcomes.

Data acquisition and analytics is now a cornerstone technology, enabling drivers, trackside engineers and headquarters staff to determine precisely how the car and driver is behaving, diagnose issues, resolve problems and speed decision making. As information flows seamlessly around the globe, linking car, team and factory, data security is essential, and robust systems ensure protection from multiple threats.

The use of simulators has transformed driver training, enabling systems to be learned, tested and developed in a virtual environment prior to real-world deployment. And with the advent of additive manufacturing, machine learning and AI across Formula One™️, the sport’s use of Big Data to transform all aspects of its operations is set to accelerate further.

Read More

Videos of Mark Gallagher

Aligning Ambition in Formula 1 with Mark Gallagher (Trailer)
Aligning Ambition in Formula 1 with Mark Gallagher (Trailer)
Keynote on Safety in Formula (2014)
Keynote on Safety in Formula (2014)
Business Lessons from Forumula One (2012)
Business Lessons from Forumula One (2012)

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Mark Gallagher

The Business of Winning: Insights in Transformation from F1 to the Boardroom
The Future Business Formula: How to change faster and accelerate business success
The Future Business Formula: How to change faster and accelerate business success

Comments & Testimonials

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!
Managing Director, HEINEKEN Ireland

Check Mark Gallagher's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…

    Close

    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    Discover other speakers

    Camille Fournier Speaker
    Exclusive
    Camille Fournier
    Former Chief Technology Officer, Rent The Runway
    Marc Brackett Speaker
    Exclusive
    Marc Brackett
    Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Lead Developer of RULER
    Jeffrey Hollender Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jeffrey Hollender
    Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Expert
    Jeff Benedict Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jeff Benedict
    Best-Selling Author & Special Features Writer, Sports Illustrated
    Adrian Wooldridge Speaker
    Exclusive
    Adrian Wooldridge
    Global Business Columnist - Bloomberg
    Birgit Vallmüür Speaker
    Exclusive
    Birgit Vallmüür
    Expert on sustainable leadership
    Peter Hlavnicka Speaker
    Exclusive
    Peter Hlavnicka
    Venture Partner, R3i Ventures and Founder & CEO, Phi Ventures
    Lucrezia Reichlin Speaker
    Exclusive
    Lucrezia Reichlin
    Professor of Economics at the London Business School
    Chris Deaver and Ian Clawson Speaker
    Exclusive
    Chris Deaver and Ian Clawson
    Leadership & Culture Shaping Experts and Co-Founders of BraveCore
    Toomas Ilves Speaker
    Exclusive
    Toomas Ilves
    Former President of Estonia