Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009. He has also been the Chief Executive and the Head of Paid Service of the West Midlands Combined Authority since March 2016. He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive.
Martin was previously Head of Performance Improvement at Westminster City Council in the heart of London. He was also Programme Director for WorkSmart the City Council’s flagship transformation programme.
Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics.
He is a Governor on the Board at Coventry University and is the first Honorary President of LARIA (Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association).
He was the President of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) in 2013.
He is also the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion.
In 2015, Martin was invited onto the independent taskforce, which produced the new 5 year national cancer strategy.
He co-chairs the national systems leadership board and chairs the national cross system board for sustainable health & social care (taking over from Jonathan Porritt).
He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board.
In 2017 Martin was once again included in the top 50 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of most influential people in local government.