Martin originally trained and worked in Architecture, moved into the Structural Steelwork industry then had, for five years, an Exhibition, Interior and Graphic Design Company.
Since 1984, when he joined the, about to open, SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) in Glasgow, he has been involved in the design, build and active operation of a number of arenas and stadia throughout the world, including Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle, Oberhausen in Germany, La Grande Stade in Paris, Shah Alam in Malaysia, Budapest in Hungary, Zagreb and Split in Croatia, Torino in Italy, Copenhagen in Denmark, Bordeaux in France, in Malta and recently has been involved with the design of a new arena in Kuwait and a major Conference Centre in Hungary. Alongside these activities, he has had involvement in the Live Events, Exhibitions and Conferences throughout the world.
In recent years Martin has been employed, a number of times, as the Site Coordinator for stadium concerts by Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and others. Last year he was employed in the same capacity at the Ultra Festival in Croatia.
Ten years ago Martin was involved in the creation of the European Academy of Venue Management and was involved as a lecturer on a regular basis. For the past nine years he has organised, hosted & chaired panels at the annual ILMC Production Meeting (IPM) in London, along with chairing panels at other conferences throughout Europe, such as Eurosonic, on a regular basis. He was instrumental in introducing the Event Safety Alliance into Europe and was the co-founder of the International Live Event Safety Symposium (ILESS), held in Istanbul in 2015.
As well as these activities Martin is also very active with Intellitix, one of the world’s leading companies in the ‘access control and cashless sales’ industry that is growing rapidly internationally. Recently this entailed working in Austria, the USA, Belgium, Hungary and the UK.
Latterly he has also become involved with the move to promote a greener industry, although he has yet to be totally convinced it is all sensible….