Martin is an experienced further education governor, most recently serving as the Interim Chair of West Kent and Ashford College at the request of the Further Education Commissioner. He is a visiting professor at University College London Institute of Education, having previously been appointed as the Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges supporting FE colleges across the country for 8 ½ years, after a successful 28-year career in the Royal Air Force, where his final appointment was as Director of Training and Education Policy for all three armed forces in the Ministry of Defence.
Although his various careers have required him to move around the UK and overseas, Martin was educated and brought up in Hampshire and his extended family continue to live locally in Portsmouth and its surrounding area.
Martin said of his appointment: “I am looking forward very much to working with Board colleagues and with the College staff led by the Interim Principal, Penny Wycherley, to continue to best serve the College’s students and their communities, as well as the many employers with which the College works to great effect. I am also looking forward to renewing contacts with the College’s local partners and stakeholders.”
Penny Wycherley, Interim Principal and CEO of Highbury College added: “Martin is a very talented addition to our Board and we enthusiastically welcome the invaluable insights and experience he will bring to the leadership of this amazing College. Our thanks go to the former Chair, Tim Mason, who has contributed so much time and dedication to this role and we look forward to our continued work together.”