Martin has 22 years’ experience of the financial services sector, incorporating strategic and business development roles at NatWest/RBS, including through the merger process. Martin studied Economic Geography at University College London, graduating in 1981. Having achieved the professional qualification of Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB) while working at NatWest, he was sponsored to study for an Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Henley Business School, graduating in 2000.
Having followed a traditional educational path and built a career in the highly structured environment of a major bank, Martin decided to change direction and move into a less predictable but more rewarding working lifestyle. He was therefore appointed as Market Development Director at Henley with the remit of repositioning their international partner network and led a number of strategic organisational initiatives across the business school. He then moved into the higher education sector as a member of the The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) leadership team that achieved taught degree awarding powers and university college title. As well as a leading role in the application process, Martin had responsibility for regulatory body and government relationships and led development of LIBF’s professional qualification portfolio.
The breadth of challenge and professional demands was appealing. After a successful TDAP application his role involved consolidating the organisation’s reputation as a higher education provider (joining both public and industry body committees) and development of LIBF’s international corporate and professional qualification portfolio. On joining The London Institute of Banking & Finance Martin became a member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and has been a member of HEFCE’s Quality, Accountability and Regulation strategic advisory committee, the Council of Validating Universities executive committee and the Banking Standards Board working group on professionalism in the banking sector.
Martin is motivated by the aim of optimising every situation, finding new opportunities and building variety into his professional life, so he has recently moved into a third career phase, building a portfolio of consultancy and non-executive director roles. He is also a long-standing school governor at primary and secondary level and supports his children as they build their (self-employed) business careers. He continues to work as a Senior Consultant on LIBF’s development projects, including establishment of a training academy in Abu Dhabi; he is currently a product development consultant for The Compliance Foundation; he lectures international postgraduate students on the UK business environment; and he holds a non-executive directorship with the Association of Business Executives as well as with ICMP. Additionally, he has been a school Governor for more than 15 years, focusing on financial management and standards attainment and transitioning a primary school into Academy status.
Through a range of roles in the finance sector Martin has experience of financial analysis and planning, sales team management, product development, team leadership, implementation of rationalisation initiatives and strategic development including roles directly supporting the Chief Executive of NatWest Bank. His leadership roles within the higher education sector have built a strong knowledge of the regulatory landscape and agenda, consolidated through committee membership at industry and public bodies, as well as stakeholder management at all levels. He also has experience of product development, repositioning a professional qualification portfolio to meet market requirements, and business development on an international level, and executive team experience including risk management, audit, corporate development and presentational skills as well as board / committee practice and chairing responsibilities.
Martin has four children which means a lot of his time is spent supporting and enjoying the diverse social and career paths they are taking. He is an active Governor and school supporter, acting both as a business mentor and quiz master, compiling and presenting the annual school quiz. He enjoys running half marathons and training with his wife who ran the London Marathon in 2018, occasionally returning to an earlier passion of waterskiing whenever he can get access to a speedboat.