Martin is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Mercia Asset Management PLC, having joined in 2014 to float the business with Mark Payton. He is responsible for the long-term financial planning of the Group, as well as for presenting and reporting accurate financial information to shareholders. Martin’s responsibilities also include managing the financial risks of the Group and the Group’s compliance function. He also has Board responsibility for Mercia’s successful debt funds activities. Martin is based at the Group’s head office in Henley-in-Arden.
Martin is a KPMG-qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience as chief financial officer of listed, private equity backed and privately owned technology-led businesses. Martin joined Forward Group PLC in 1993 and was group finance director from 1995 until its sale for £129.0million in 1997. In 1999, as deputy chief executive of Symonds plc, Martin led the public to private of this listed technology group, backed by NatWest Equity Partners. The group was successfully restructured and sold within 12 months to a NASDAQ listed US electronics group, whereupon he became a vice president, working frequently in Silicon Valley. Martin was chief executive of Forward Group plc from 2003 to 2005 and since then has been group finance and IT director of the large international food processing group Boparan Holdings Ltd and a private equity backed building services business. He holds an honours degree in business from Aston University.