Borough Councillor for Atherstone South & Mancetter
Martin was born in Luton, the son of parents who originally worked in the hatting industry, and has an elder brother.
Educated initially at a church school in the centre of Luton, he then attended Luton Grammar school where he enjoyed rugby and basketball as his main sports. Whilst there, Martin pursued a long running interest in the Air Training Corps which led to taking a Commission in the RAF Volunteer reserve to run a unit in adult life.
On leaving school, Martin entered a technical apprenticeship with Vauxhall Motors which led to him working as a vehicle design draughtsman and subsequently leading a vehicle design project. With the predicted movement of design to Germany, Martin joined a new department being set up in supplier quality control. This led to controlling approval and problem resolution of all suppliers to Bedford Commercial vehicles.
Martin has been married to Gill, a Liverpudlian, for over 50 years. They have one son, Christopher, who lives in Luton and they have two grandchildren, Jake and Drew, both of whom have graduated from university.
Since 1988 they have made Mancetter their home and intend it to remain so.
He was pleased to be head-hunted to work as Quality Manager for Tudor Webasto to further his career locally in the Midlands as a Chartered Engineer in the automotive component industry. This move led to him becoming a director.
Further opportunities allowed him to finish the last 9 years of his career in Southampton, setting up and running a factory for Magna producing seats for the Ford Transit, followed by one in Luton supplying Vauxhall Motors for their Vivaro.
Since retirement in 2007, Martin has successfully stood for election to the Borough Council for Mancetter and Atherstone South.
As a long standing member of Atherstone Town Council, Martin is proud of its achievements in serving its people and looks forward to serving the people of North Warwickshire in this latest opportunity.