Martin has worked for 40 years in various roles in local government and the voluntary sector. He is an experienced community worker, project manager, trainer and social entrepreneur. He recently spent two years living and working in Rwanda supporting education officers and he has also volunteered on this island of Chios in Greece welcoming and supporting refugees as they arrive in small boats from Turkey. He lives in the village of Hudswell, North Yorkshire where he is secretary of Hudswell Community Pub Lid which bought and re-opened the village pub and of Hudswell Community Charity, which manages six units of social housing in the village. He is also an advisor for the Plunkett Foundation which supports rural community enterprise.
Martin works for Justice First for one day a week advising on and writing funding bids to support the work of the organisation.