Martin was the former MEC of Finance in the North West Provincial Government from 1994 until 2004. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in the nursing profession, arguably the most important formative years of his life, that prepared him for his future leadership assignment. In June 2004 he became CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards a position he held until July 2009. He then started his own business ventures.
Martin was also the Chairperson of the first Board of Trustees for the Government Employee Pension Fund overseeing a portfolio worth R870 billion (the seventh biggest pension fund in the world) from June 2005 to July 2009. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund, a 627 million USD fund and served as its first Chairperson from 2007-2009.
From June 2006 – May 2009 served on the PRI Board, a United Nations Global Compact initiative on Principles for Responsible Investment where he had intensive exposure to international best practices on corporate governance, the dynamics of global capital markets and the intricacies of the investment value chain.
In September 2006 Martin was elected for a two year term on to the Council for International Standards Organization (ISO) based in Geneve, the highest authority in industrial standards development in the world. In September 2004 the President of South Africa appointed Martin for a five year term to the Finance and Fiscal Commission where he gained vast learning experiences on public policy analysis and intergovernmental fiscal relations.
From 2009 Martin then served as Vice President and in 2011 elected as President of the Afrikaanse Handels Instituut, one of the biggest business chambers in South Africa. Given his strong strategic and developmental skills, he was able to transcend the various cultures with a message of hope and transformation of the country’s economic landscape. The Minister of Health appointed him in January 2014 on the first Board for the Office of Health Standards Compliance.
Martin’s current directorships include:
Non – executive director of the Netcare group where he is Chairperson of the Quality Leadership Committee and also serves on the Social and Ethics as well as the Risk committees respectively
Chairperson of the Mineworker’s Provident Fund
Non – executive director of the JSE listed Synergy Income Fund.
Graduated with a BA Cur from UNISA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Company Direction from GIMT. He also attended various executive development programmes, including the prestigious programme for Leaders in Development at the Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University. He qualified as a Life Coach through Results Coaching Institute in 2010.
MARTIN’S MOMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE:
All the above achievements were underpinned by one defining moment i.e when he committed his life to God on 9 October 1982. His journey of faith took him through hard, challenging, enduring, yet life changing experiences. Having indeed been highly favoured by God, prepared him for the next phase of his life whereby he can now authoritatively impart these life experiences into the lives of others. His mission in life is to be a thought leader – developing Christian leaders in the market place for Kingdom impact. He currently fellowships at Rhema Church in Randburg where he serves on the Financial Advisory Board.
As a gifted communicator, he has addressed audiences locally and abroad in conferences and high impact meetings in both a Christian and secular environment. With relative ease and a generous dose of humour, he has the ability to communicate on a diverse range, of sometimes very difficult topics in a precise, practical, compelling and persuasive, yet graceful manner. He has this rare ability to captivate his audience with his honesty and humility borne out of a challenging life journey. Given his rich experience, maturity and strategic insights, he has become a trusted coach and mentor to quite a few influential leaders in the church and corporate environment, especially those from a previously disadvantaged background.
He stays in scenic Hartbeespoort with his wife Elizabeth (still a nurse) to whom he has been married to for the last 34 years. They have been blessed with three children; Esther who is married to a wonderful man Steven and stays in Melbourne- Australia, who also blessed them with their first grandchild Naomi about a year ago; Ezra who is in the music industry and Zoe who has entered the media sector.
Martin’s family life entertains one of his highest priorities because he firmly believes that the family is the main arena where socialization takes shape, value systems are embedded and the foundation is laid for appropriate engagement with the outside world.
WHAT MARTIN ENJOYS:
With the spare time at his disposal, he occasionally plays a round of golf, likes travelling and addictively immerses himself in good books around leadership, autobiographies and Christian living.
‘’Like an open book, You watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before You, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.’’
Ps 139:16 ( Message )