Mark Ames established Strategic Cities in 2015.

He believes that understanding the media production process is a vital and underestimated skill for anyone delivering change in cities today.

Mark’s achievements include delivering the media and PR plan for the City of Sydney’s contentions Cycling Strategy and Action Plan 2018 – 2030.  He played an influential role in his native London, helping secure the former Mayor’s controversial 10-year one-billion-pound cycling strategy and action plan.

He’s recently worked with clients including the City of Valencia (Spain), Auckland Transport and Boffa Miskell (New Zealand) and the University of Amsterdam.

He’s a keynote speaker and workshop presenter, and has given media management training to several hundred people – including a recent 5-day, 6-city, 9-workshop training tour!

Recent conference keynote addresses include:

  • Transportation Group National Conference (2019, Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Universal Design National Conference (2018, Auckland, New Zealand)
  • XV Iberian Cycling and Cities Conference (2018, Valencia, Spain)
  • Velo-City Global Conference (2017, Utrecht, Netherlands)

Media credits include The Times, The Guardian, the London Evening Standard, the Sydney Morning Herald and WA Today.

Broadcast appearances discussing cities, planning and cycling 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.

Mark is from the UK and lives in Sydney, Australia. He tweets about his work, cities and cycling at @StrategicCities


“Achieving change in a hostile environment”
Local Transport Today (July 2020)
“Lord Mayor: bikes can help Sydney to thrive”
Sydney Morning Herald (2017)

“Public spaces, private emotions”
NZ Local Government magazine (2018)
“Parking or public space, decide on Perth’s changing face”
WA Today (2017)
Mark discusses cities, cycling and urban change with Gareth Parker on Perth’s 6PR (2017)
Mark discusses safer streets for London on the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight (2015)