Being brought up in the north east and still living in the area Martyn is passionate about the continued growth of the region and thinks it is a brilliant place to live and work.
Having worked at North Tyneside Council Martyn had an early welcome to the development industry and the positive changes planning can make to the way places are shaped. Working at Local Authority also taught Martyn about the need to engage with communities and taught him the raw skills needed for effective communication.
Martyn then went on to work for the local development company the Banks Group, this work took him across the UK with 7 years spent gaining consents within the North East, the North West and across Scotland, working on a variety of development types. This including residential and commercial applications, as well as major infrastructure projects and energy schemes; including a large part in increasing the renewable energy business arm of the Group.
Martyn joined Barton Willmore in 2014 as part of the expansion of the Newcastle office and felt the time was right to re-engage with the North East RTPI, now that his work was concentrating once again within the North East market. Martyn is keen to play an active role in the promotion of the RTPI as a youthful and energetic enterprise, who engages with its members to bring positivity to the profession, in order that it be seen in the best possible light, rather than planning being seen as a shackle to development.
Outside of the workplace Martyn enjoys anything that gets him outdoors and cites the North East as being one of the most diverse places for this juxtaposition, with the ability to be in a city centre at one time and the services that come with it and then the next being able to enjoy the open countryside.
Martyn was Chair for the RTPI NE in 2016.