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FACESHOT CROP Strategic Cities was founded by Mark Ames in 2015.  With a multi-disciplinary approach to urban problems, we offer fresh insight on how to achieve change, how to communicate effectively with your citizens and how to make your city a more people-orientated place.

Mark has written about cities and movement for The Times, The Guardian, the London Evening Standard and the Royal Town Planning Institute magazine.

Broadcast appearances include Sky News, ITV News, BBC London, Russia Today, Public Radio International’s The World, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s As It Happens and the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Newsnight discussing cycling, cities and campaigning.

Mark has previously worked with partners including the City of Sydney, Brompton Bicycle Hire, Ted Baker, Premier Inn, Ibis Hotels, and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.



Previously Mark has given talks at Amsterdam City Hall, at the University of Westminster and to the National Urban Design Conference at Oxford University.  In 2012 he gave evidence to the British Parliament at the all-party Get Britain Cycling inquiry, which went on to secure an additional £77M in funding for projects in the UK.

He has a communications degree specialising in news production systems, and a postgraduate certificate in city planning for cyclists from the University of Amsterdam.

He is from the UK and lives in Sydney, Australia.

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