Martin started his career with the Royal Air Force serving for 12 years, including five years in Northern Germany and a short but memorable time at Lookout Camp in the Falkland Islands in the mid-1980.
Returning to Norfolk in the mid-1990’s he joined the County Council and within four years became Catering Operations Manager, directing commercial catering operations across the county.
One of his achievements during his time there included setting up the catering and conferencing operations at the University of East Anglia (UEA) Sportspark, an £18 million sports and conferencing facility. The day HRH the Princess Royal opened the facility is one he is very proud of.
Martin studied in his spare time for a Diploma in Management Studies at City College Norwich and then went on to successfully complete a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of East Anglia, passing with a Distinction in 2005.
Prior to his arrival in the Falkland Islands in October 2013, Martin worked as Programme Manager for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, developing the area’s Local Strategic
Partnership and working with partners to deliver quality of life improvements for people living in West Norfolk.
Accompanying his partner to the Islands, Martin secured employment locally with FIDC in October 2013, and was appointed interim General Manager in December 2013. He became the substantive post holder on the 1st July 2014. With the introduction of FIDC’s new Ordinance on 1st July 2015, he is now the Development Corporation’s Managing Director.
Martin considers himself fortunate to have been able to meet and learn from people working in tourism, farming and other industries and hear first-hand about the opportunities for people living in the Falklands. Outside of work he has been able to visit settlements on both East and West Falkland and a number of the outer islands including Beaver and New Island.
Amongst his personal achievements he includes; catching a sail fish off the coast of Kenya, trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and working with a school in West Norfolk as Chair of Governors where, in recognition of the effort that everyone had put in, the school achieved a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted following their October 2013 inspection.
Working towards a highly successful, diverse and sustainable economy for the Falkland Islands