Following his studies which commenced with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Newcastle University in 1979 and then a petroleum geology master’s degree from Imperial College London in 1983, Martin was employed by BG Group plc and its predecessor companies, retiring after 30 years in February 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of directors.
During his international career, Martin has conducted business in over 40 countries, and has lived in Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, the Philippines and the USA.
He has established a strong external reputation in the international gas business and is largely credited with being the key architect of BG Group’s world class LNG business. In recognition of this, in 2011 he was the first recipient of the CWC LNG executive of the year award.
He was previously a non-executive director of Severn Trent plc, an integrated water and environmental company, a former director of SIGTTO, the international organization representing gas tanker and gas terminal operators worldwide, and a former GIIGNL regional vice-president for the Americas. In January 2014, he was appointed as a non-executive director of BUPA, an international healthcare group. In June 2014, he was appointed a non-executive director of CCC Energy. In January 2015, he was appointed as the chairman of TPH International. In June 2016, he was appointed as Senior Advisor for Miro Advisors.
Martin sits on the National Petroleum Council of the United States and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. He sits on the Development Committee of the Royal Opera House of London.