Board of Advisors
Martin has a career that spans 34 years in law enforcement from delivering and developing policing locally in Scotland, nationally across England and Wales and internationally in countries as diverse as Libya, Haiti and Moldova as well as many others. He retired from Police Scotland in 2014 having achieved the rank of Chief Superintendent.
Since 2013 Martin has been a senior police liaison officer with the United Nations based in New York and is responsible for providing strategic HQ support to the UN police components in the missions in Asia, Middle East, Eurpoe, Latin America and North Africa. Prior to that, Martin worked with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) working on, amongst other issues, the development of the Scottish Academy for Business Resilience Excellence – an innovative training delivery platform for the SBRC focusing on accessible and bespoke training programmes for small and medium businesses covering topics as broad as Insider Threat to Cyber Security.
Between 2012-2013, Martin was the United Kingdom’s Strategic Policing Adviser to Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Tripoli, Libya. He worked closely with the Ministry of Interior to develop the security plan for the first elections in over 40 and to develop their capacity and capability in terms of delivering a policing service in an exceptionally challenging political and security environment. Identifying the need for security sector reform and disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of militia groups, Martin made this his priority and worked with other international donors and the Libyan Government to push this agenda.
Between 2010 to 2012, Martin was the Senior Police Adviser to the UK Stabilisation Unit and worked mostly on security and justice programmes in sub-Sahara Africa as well as developing the UK policing contribution to international police development programmes.
He has an extensive understanding of global policing, security and justice related issues. His particular area of expertise is community policing and he recently graduated from the University of South Wales with a MSc in International Policing (Distinction) and his dissertation examined the issues associated with introducing community policing programmes in fragile and conflict affected states.