Martin has masterminded some of Britain’s most significant major events including the opening of The 02 in London; the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ in Leeds. Such success has earned Martin an international reputation. As CEO and Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Martin delivered 365 days of transformative culture for the city to huge acclaim. He is an advisor to the Japan 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Dubai Expo 2020. In April of 2019 he became the Chief Creative Officer of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2020.
Martin is an inaugural member of the Circle of Cultural Fellows at King’s College London. In 2018 He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hull and made CBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours List.