Mark Squirrell (Squiz) served with the Australian Defence Force for ten years, during which time he became a commissioned Officer and member of the elite 1st Commando Regiment. In 1999 he left the military to begin working as a Security Advisor for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an international aid agency.
He worked with IRC in East Timor, Albania, Sudan and Afghanistan. In February 2003, Squiz began working with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Field Security Officer. He has worked with WFP in the occupied Palestinian Territories, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Pakistan. These experiences have required him to mitigate extreme circumstances involving kidnapping, civil unrest, terrorism, hostile negotiations and various natural disasters.
Squiz returned to Australia in 2008 and set up a niche consultancy firm which provides training and development services to both the corporate and humanitarian sectors.
He has provided keynote presentations and outdoor experiential training to enhance leadership, communication and resilience to organisations such as CGU Insurance, Geelong Football Club and ANZ. In addition, his business provides security related training and advice to humanitarian organizations, Governments such as New Zealand Medical Assistance Teams, International Development Law Organisation and AusAID.
Squiz has a Bachelor of Business (HRM) and has published a memoire titled From Arafat to Everest. He continues to respond on short term assignments to emergency zones such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and 2015 Nepal earthquake.