Martin's early career focussed on research into planning, development and housing in Europe, and particularly in Spain, where he lived and worked in Barcelona at the close of the Franco era and the early years of the democratic era. Following his doctorate at Trent Polytechnic (on urban planning in Barcelona), he held research posts at Trent and then at North-East London Polytechnic, where he developed a range of interactive teaching and training packages that were used in both the university sector and private industry.
In 1983 he moved to Glaxo Pharmaceuticals in London as their systems training manager, and then held posts as PC manager and knowledge based systems manager as the introduction of personal computers spread rapidly in the private sector. He also lead a small team of analysts that developed a range of computer based training modules.
In 1988, Martin moved to HP Bulmer Drinks and in 1991 became their IT Director, a post he held for more than 10 years. In 2002 he moved to the University of Gloucestershire as senior lecturer in Business Information systems. He subsequently became principal lecturer and then reader, and has specialised in knowledge transfer with industry partners, undertaking more than 20 knowledge transfer partnership programmes with local small businesses.
Education
B.A. (Hons) Geography, University of Durham, 1973
M.A. Planning, University of Durham, 1977
PhD, Urban Planning in Barcelona, Trent Polytechnic, 1981
PGCFHE, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, 2003
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Current areas of research include planning and development, knowledge transfer, information systems strategy, e-business and e-government and risk management.
Personal Interests
Politics, Europe, and many sports. Currently training a local village team in France to play cricket!