Martin has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Engineering. During 1987-2000, Martin was Group Managing Director, later Senior Vice President of multi-national engineering businesses – in charge of businesses turning over in excess of £500m and with over 3,000 employees. Between 2000-2006, he was the Chief Executive and Chairman of Alstec Group – a management buy-out company sold in May 2006.
Martin retired in 2007 and is currently a Trustee and the Treasurer of Katharine House. He has also been Governor for Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1 College, Leicester and Governor for All Saints School, Ranton. Martin is married to Pat and has 2 daughters (one of whom went to St Dominic’s) and 3 granddaughters.