Martin pursued an international career in industry, holding a number of complex finance directorships, as well as being a valued business partner to the many businesses in which he worked. During his career in the chemicals sector he held Board memberships in Asia, the Americas and Europe, including the chair of a substantial joint venture in Korea and the Chair of a UK Pensions Trustees Board.
Having secured first class honours in economics at the London School of Economics, Martin completed his professional qualifications (CIMA) as part of a graduate management training programme within Courtaulds, the textiles and chemicals group. He progressed to become Finance Director for its Paints business in North America in 1990 and then, in 1995, for its Global Plastic Packaging business.
In 1998 Martin was invited by Akzo Nobel to integrate a newly acquired chemicals group. In 2001 he took on the role of Finance Director for the global Marine and Protective Paints business in order to implement the essential turnaround of this business.
In 2006, he took up the role of Group Financial Controller and Divisional Finance Director in Akzo Nobel’s corporate team in the Netherlands. The development of strategy and implementation of strong policies, at both corporate and business levels, were integral to success during the period of transformation at this Global Fortune 500 Group. Martin was influential in many of its major transactions, including the acquisition and integration of ICI (formerly Imperial Chemical Industries) in 2008.
Retiring from the chemicals sector in order to work with groups with an unambiguous social purpose, Martin joined Kingston University in 2011 as Finance Director at a time when the HEI needed to adapt to the changing regulatory landscape. His influence developed beyond Kingston as an active member of sector groups, including work with HEFCE and BIS in 2014 advising the Minister of State for Universities and Science on the subject of policy changes for improved graduate employability.
Since 2014 Martin has concentrated on Non-Executive positions within the Higher Education and Social Housing sectors. He is an independent Non-Executive for University of London advising on activities in Digital, IT, Recruitment and Housing solutions. Other recent roles have included membership of the Audit and Risk Committee at Circle Housing and Board memberships of the Roddens and Russet housing associations.
Martin took up his appointment as Trustee, and member of the Finance Committee, on 28 March 2018.