My Bio

Mark Pavlika profile

Thank you for visiting my site. For the past 25 years, I have worked in many industries but mostly, in the worlds of hospitality, leisure, live entertainment, marketing, telco and SaaS.

I started out in finance but after 5 years of climbing the ladder, I decided to make better use of my bubbly and friendly personality (as my friends would describe it) and move into an area where I could work with people and one that I personally felt rewarded and had a sense of purpose.  For approx. 20 years now, I have worked at senior level in finance and human resources and lucky to have worked at some of London’s best independent businesses and global networks. My roles have included chief operating officer, finance & HR director, and from 2008 founder of my HR consulting company.

As you can imagine the experience from each of these roles has been immense, but the knowledge gained from working through some of the toughest periods in business history is invaluable. 9/11 and the 2008 Credit Crunch were both extremely volatile periods for the business world and those experiences enabled me with the insight to better manage businesses commercially whilst ensuring staff remained motivated and loyal throughout those tough times.

For the past 5 years, I have been a performance consultant and offer a suite of people related services to businesses and founders that genuinely believe that their people are their most important asset.

You’ve read my professional bio above, but in life, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs.

I grew up in a strict Christian household as a young gay man. I was outed by a friend and as homosexuality was against my parents’ Christian beliefs, I was ordered to leave the family home immediately with nowhere to go. I sofa surfed and slept in my car for 5 months before I got myself a place to live in a hostel. I took a few wrong turns, but once I was given a home and landed an entry level job in finance, I put everything of myself into turning my life around and rebuilding the relationship with my family.

In 2010, I discovered yoga and meditation to improve my mental wellbeing and I believe both have contributed to healing the shame and rejection I was subjected to when I came out.  People now come to me for many reasons but my own life experiences and profession reassures them that I can relate to them in some way or another, which I believe builds the all-important rapport that makes the whole experience worthwhile.

If you like the sound of me, please get in touch or give me a call. Pav x