Since arriving in Australia in 1978 from England, Martin has worked in and around government, policy and public sector reform at the national, state and local level and internationally.
Two strands of work have been added in more recent years to that 35-year obsession with public policy and the public sector:
One is technology and digital disruption, fuelled by a 13-year stint with the global leader in networking and collaboration, Cisco Systems; this included a role leading the Asia-Pacific team in a global strategy and innovation group exploring the application to government and the public sector of the Internet and the tools and platforms of digital transformation
The second is the rise of social innovation as a way of developing new thinking and practice to tackle difficult and complex social challenges.
Martin’s experience as a strategic thinker, organisational consultant, facilitator and writer spans government, the “for purpose” or social sector and the corporate sector.
From 2015-2017, Martin advised Deloitte’s public sector practice in policy development and innovation within government.
Since 2017, he has helped to develop and implement aspects of PwC’s social impact strategy, including helping to set up and advise The Impact Assembly, which works with collectives of corporate, NGO, philanthropic and academic organisations to tackle complex social problems such as obesity, mental health, homelessness and education reform.
From 2001 to 2013, he led the Asia-Pacific public sector team in Cisco’s consulting and innovation arm, the Internet Business Solutions Group. Martin worked on policy and reform projects in government, education, human services and urbanisation in India, China, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Martin was part of Cisco’s higher education practice in Australia and New Zealand and continues to advise universities on aspects of their strategy and long term development.
Martin previously ran a consulting practice, The Albany Consulting Group and, prior to that, held various policy and management roles in the federal public sector, including Chief of Staff to a Minister in the Federal Government and with the NSW Cabinet Office.
Martin writes and speaks extensively on government, service design and policy reform. Together with former Australian Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, he published Changing Shape: Institutions for the Digital Age (Longueville Press, February 2014).
With CEO Tim Williams, he co-authored two Issues Papers for the Committee for Sydney. They looked at how Sydney could learn from cities using new digital platforms and tools to improve services and spread new city conversations for better governance and engagement.
#wethecity: collaborating to compete in the digital era
#wethecity2: from possibilities to practice
Martin was a member of the Ministerial Task Force on Government 2.0 (2009) and was also a member of the advisory committee on Government 2.0 in Victoria.
In 2008, with a small group of entrepreneurs, he established the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX) as part of a global network of social innovators. ASIX has now been amalgamated with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), on whose Board he sat for 9 years up to December 2018 http://tacsi.org.au/
Martin is also a director of the Centre for Policy Development, an independent think tank working on policy ideas for the long term in a number of areas including sustainable economics, forced migration and effective government. http://cpd.org.au/
Martins holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of York and a Masters degree in social policy from the University of New South Wales. He also holds graduate qualifications in applied economics from what is now the University of Canberra.