Martin recently retired after 24 years as Suffolk County Council's Outdoor Education Officer. In this role he advised and supported local schools on all aspects of school trips and adventure activities for their pupils. He is proud that during this time very many Suffolk young people were able to benefit from these opportunities. In retirement Martin volunteered as a trustee of the Thorpe Woodlands Adventure Centre which provide outdoor learning opportunities for young people.
Martin's wife, Elena, also now retired, worked as a lecturer at Essex University.
Working at the County Council Martin learned about how Councils work and how to get things done. He believes a Councillor's job is to listen to the concerns of local people and make the Council work for them. That's the Liberal Democrat way.
Martin writes "My wife and I have lived in central Ipswich for nearly 30 years. We now live in Valley Road close to the junction with Norwich Road and Chevallier Street. I am very aware of the traffic congestion in this area and share residents concerns about air quality. We need to look very carefully at how to tackle these problems before further new housing is built in Ipswich that would make things worse".