Mark Pownall has around three decades of media experience, predominantly in business media in Perth, with a foray to the financial centre of London in the early 1990s.
Mark has a vast body of work available through the archives of Business News, including news articles and features on many subjects. He has written a regular column for Business News since he joined as Editor in 2000 and has also been a key part of the Mark My Words podcast duo with Mark Beyer since 2014. On stage Mark has interviewed many of the state's business leaders.
For most of his time at Business News Mark ran the content operations of the business and was integral to the implementation of all the company’s digital products – the twice daily email newsletters, weekly podcasts, deals database and the Data & Insights subscriber database and search engine.
In early 2017 he became CEO of Business News, a role he had for nearly three years before transitioning to his last executive position as Director of Strategy & Innovation, where he was responsible for digital transformation and new product development, including the rollout of a new subscriber-only remuneration platform.
Mark’s media career started with sports reporting while he studied for a Commerce degree at the University of Western Australia. He followed that with a post-graduate qualification in English at Curtin University.
In their weekly podcast, Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss vaccine mandates, industry response, battery developments, BHP opens projects, construction insolvencies, WA research funding gap, and the growth of Jason Signmakers.
Mark Pownall and Mark Beyer discuss the state budget, including iron ore royalties, new infrastructure priorities, debt and tax reform, labour shortages and border restrictions, mining technology, Perdaman, logging and Smiths Beach.