Born in 1971 and raised by his parents in Clydebank, and working from the age of 16, Martin joined the SNP in 1991 being elected as Scotland’s youngest Councillor to the then Clydebank District Council in 1992 at the age of 21.
Martin eventually returned to education graduating from GCFT now Glasgow Met with a HND in Business Administration in 1997, earning his Politics degree from University of Essex (the first member of his family to do so) and in 2004 attended the Glasgow School of Art to undertake his Masters Degree.
On finishing his studies Martin came home to Clydebank and has spent nearly a decade working for West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services (WDCVS), supporting and developing West Dunbartonshire’s community and volunteering organisations.
From sourcing community funding to delivering training and volunteering opportunities Martin’s work in West Dunbartonshire has given him first-hand knowledge of the issues facing the community he comes from and has worked in.
Martin has continued to be involved in the front-line of politics returning to local government as an SNP Councillor representing the Anderston & City ward of Glasgow City Council in 2012.
Until being elected to serve the communities of West Dunbartonshire in May 2015, Martin worked as a policy officer with national body for volunteering, Volunteer Scotland. He lives with his family in Whiteinch.
Since 2015 Martin has been a member of the SNP Westminster Group Defence team and during the 2015-17 Parliament was a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Since the 2017 General election Martin has been re-appointed to the SNP Westminster Defence Team as well as being a member of the U.K. Parliament Defence Committee.
Martin is the SNP spokesperson at Westminster on Industries of the Future and Blockchain Technologies (July 2018).
Martin is a member of the following All Party Parliamentary Groups:
Ireland & Irish in Britain – Deputy Chair
Scottish Whisky Association –Treasurer
Gypsy, Traveller and Roma – Vice Chair
Volunteering & Charities
Defence and Security
Occupational Health & Safety
Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties