Martin moved to Caterham from Cumbria at the age of twelve and has lived locally ever since, now in Bletchingley with his wife Julia. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Before his retirement in 2019 Martin had a varied career in industry and the charity sector. He trained as an accountant and after a variety of roles in a Midlands engineering group with Plastics interests in Sevenoaks he formed an Injection Moulding business with colleagues in Tonbridge in the early 1970s. In 2001 Martin became Chief Operating Officer of an educational charity based in a 17th century Royal house in Windsor Great Park. He considered it his dream job!
Outside of work, Martin was a senior volunteer with St John Ambulance for more than forty years, Treasurer of Caterham School for eighteen years, and a trustee of the British Liver Trust. He is currently a trustee of a music therapy charity and a small grant-making trust.
For relaxation, Martin sings in the Oxted Glee Choir, volunteers for the National Trust at Polesden Lacey and on Limpsfield Common, goes to art classes and tries to stick to a ten thousand steps daily regime together with his cocker spaniel Nellie.