In addition to his role at Lantra, Martin is a Trustee at the agricultural charity the Addington Fund, where he also chairs the Governance Committee, is a member of Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Charitable Activities Committee, and a regular presenter and facilitator at training courses run by the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants. He is a recent past Trustee of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, and the East of England Agricultural Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management in 2009.
Martin studied agriculture and business management at Seale Hayne College in Devon and went on to work throughout the UK in farm business and related industry consultancy for twenty years. He joined Barclays Bank in 1995 as Regional Agricultural Manager in East Anglia. Geographical and other responsibilities grew over time culminating in his being appointed National Head of Agriculture in 2010. He left Barclays in 2015 but remains active in the agriculture and land-based sectors in a number of charitable and training roles.
Martin is passionate about training and learning. “I am excited to be involved at Lantra to be able to put some of the experience I have had back into Lantra itself and, via Lantra, into the industries we serve. It didn’t take me long, having finished at College, to realise that my education had in fact only just begun, and I have been learning new skills, and encouraging others to do the same, ever since. I feel privileged, through my role here, to be able to continue, and help others on that journey.”