Martin has served as the Chief Executive of Menslink since 2011 after a twenty-five-year career in both the private and public sectors, including nearly ten years running his own business.
An active campaigner for young men, Martin speaks to schools, businesses and community groups across the region and the nation about issues facing young men, their families and communities, including family violence, masculinity gender issues, youth mental health, drugs and suicide – still the leading cause of death in men under 40.
In his organisational leadership role at Menslink, he has significantly expanded their support services, with more than five times the number of young men now accessing their free mentoring and counselling services and school programs than when he arrived.
Recognising the critical importance of earlier support for young guys, he led a team that designed the award-winning Silence is Deadly campaign. This in-school and local media campaign aims to reduce the stigma around mental illness, teaches resilience and mental fitness and has resulted in thousands of young boys and men, some as young as 10 years old, seeking support and assistance.
A regular mentor himself, Martin firmly believes that adults need to role model positive behaviours and share their lived experiences via storytelling to assist our young people to develop empathy and resilience to become the great adults they want to be.
Martin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a founding Director of Fearless Women Inc and serves on the ACT Government’s Gambling and Racing Commission’s Advisory Committee. He served on the ACTCOSS Board for six years to 2020.
An avid bushwalker and cross-country skier, Martin can often be found in the Australian bush with his wife or on solo trips. He and his wife have four adult children between them (and Ruby the dog) – all of whom keep him grounded on a regular basis.
Kindness, innovation and exploration are his guiding values.