Martin has been Chief Executive of the UK-based Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) since 2014. His career has been divided between the government sector and conservation NGOs.  Upon graduating from University of Swansea with a degree in Zoology, he joined the Science Research Council in London as the Secretary to the Solar Systems Committee.  Although not reflecting his interests until then, he found the experience extremely stimulating.  He then went on to several and varied managerial roles with the re-named Science & Engineering Research Council, including a period of secondment to HM Treasury in Whitehall.

Having pursued his childhood interest in the natural world since childhood through voluntary work raising money for Greenpeace and WWF as Chair of their support groups, he joined WWF UK.  In his role as Area Manager, he merged successfully the South East England and London regions and oversaw PR and fundraising through 84 volunteer groups and major events, raising over £1 million for conservation in his last year. Three years later, he was approached to become the first Chief Executive of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).  Then a very small but respected naturalists’ trust, it is now one of the largest Wildlife Trusts in the UK.  During his 12 years with BBOWT, Martin took on various other commitments, including Chair of the 48-strong North Wessex Downs AONB Council of Partners, and Chair of the Oxfordshire Conservation Forum. In 2003, He was seconded from BBOWT part-time to oversee the re-structuring and stabilising of the national Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts for a year, culminating in his involvement in the appointment of a new CEO.

His period with WWT has seen a growth in the organisation to over 200,000 members, an income of £24 million, major refurbishment and improvement of its 9 wetland visitor centres, a shift to a new strategic direction involving wetland creation and management to benefit people, and a growth in the organisation’s international activity.

In 2013 Martin was awarded the CBE by HM The Queen, and an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Roehampton for services to nature conservation.