Mark Budden MBE

Mark Budden

Budden MBE
Former jungle warfare instructor and bomb disposal officer

Mark works for Network Rail, building stuff on and near the railway. He joined the company from a 20-year career in the British Army. His most recent appointment was as Commanding Officer of the Army’s Bomb Disposal and High Risk Search Regiment. That appointment included his deployment and command of the UK Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Task Force in Afghanistan in 2011, where he commanded all bomb disposal and search operations within Helmand.

Having started his military career as a soldier, he was commissioned into the Royal Engineers and has served on peace support operations in Kosovo (Queen’s Dragoon Guards) and Macedonia (French Foreign Legion) and warfighting operations in Iraq (Desert Rats) and Afghanistan (Commando Brigade). He completed numerous overseas exercises, including building a research station deep in the Belizean Jungle which, incredibly, still stands today (from 1998). He was awarded the MBE for ‘outstanding leadership in the field’ in Iraq in 2003 and the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in Afghanistan in 2012.

Mark believes that there are only three types of people (preferring the first type): those that make things happen, those that wish things would happen and those that wonder what just happened.