Martin’s career has been concerned with higher education policy and management, culminating as Rector of the University of Northampton (formerly Nene College).
On retirement from Northampton, he was appointed Director of St George’s House, Windsor Castle. He now serves on a number of boards, and bodies concerned with higher and further education, and undertakes education consultancies. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Educators in 2016-17. Living in Kettering, he has various commitments in Northamptonshire, including: serving as a Deputy Lieutenant for the County, Vice-President of the Northamptonshire Record Society, Governor of St Andrew’s Healthcare and Chairman of its Pension Fund, Trustee of the Core Theatre Corby, Chairman of CPRE (North Northants), and Ambassador for Tresham College.