Martin is the Chair of the Board of Writing East Midlands. He enjoyed a long career in Local Government and for much of that time was employed by Derbyshire County Council. Before his retirement he was Strategic Director for Cultural and Community Services. Martin is currently Chair of Governors at St Mary’s RC High School in Chesterfield.
He served on and chaired many bodies regionally, nationally and internationally. In the East Midlands he was a member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and subsequently served as a member of the East Midlands Regional Council of the Arts Council. He was Cultural Champion for the MLA on the Arts Council Cultural Leadership programme.
Martin was a member of two Advisory Boards of the British Council. He participated in Public Library Reviews in both the UK and abroad. He was President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP); President of the Society of Chief Librarians; Chair of the Advisory Council for Libraries. Martin was the first Chair of the Board of the Reading Agency.
Martin was a member of the Advisory Board for ‘Reading is Fundamental’ at the National Literacy Trust. He was also a member of the Advisory Board for Library Services at the RNIB. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.
He has been a recipient of the Library Association Centenary Medal and was awarded the OBE for Services to Public Libraries in Derbyshire in 2004.