Martin is the former Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, a retired Fellow of the Institute of Directors, graduate of Bristol University Law School and has an arts degree in Social and Policy History and was awarded the OBE in 1997. In 1992 he began forming professional and cultural links with organisations in Pakistan and Northern India which involved visits by Police Officers, Teachers and Students from South Yorkshire, culminating in an International Policing Conference in New Delhi in 2001. A staunch supporter of human dignity he still has links with homeless children’s charities in the sub-continent.
As well as being a trustee of PHASE, he is the former National Chair of the Homeless Charity Emmaus UK, is the Chairman of the Homeless Community, Emmaus Sheffield, and a Governor of Rotherham College of Arts and Technology. Martin brings an extensive knowledge of charity management and charity legislation.