During his 32 years as a television journalist, Martyn anchored national news programmes on ITV and the BBC before moving into the world of business in 1999.

In 1997, he was awarded a CBE for services to young people and the hospice movement, and in 2016 he received a knighthood for his exceptional service to a range of voluntary and charitable organisations.

His other charitable responsibilities include: 

  • chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (UK organisation representing over 8,000 charities); 
  • awards committee chair for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the equivalent of an MBE for groups); 
  • chairman and founder of YouthNet;
  • and vice president of Macmillian Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help the Hospices.