Martin is professor of food and health policy at Centre for Food Policy at City University, London. He originally trained as an environmental health officer in Dublin. After working in the north west of Ireland he developed an interest in the public health and health promotion aspects of the work. He spent some time working in the Irish and the English health services managing health promotion and public health services respectively.

He has worked for and acted as a consultant to the UK Dept of Health, the World Bank and the World Health Organisation. He was a trustee of the Caroline Walker trust. He was a member of the original London Food Board which developed the food strategy for London. He was a member of the Olympic Food Group representing public health interests on behalf of public health in the region. He also sat on the South East Food and Public Health Group which developed a food strategy for the SE region and from which the London food strategy emerged. He currently acts as an advisor on food matters to a number of social science research groups across Europe, as well he is an advisor to the European Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (DG Sanco). He is a member of the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) scientific committee. He sits on the safefood Irl scientific committee, which is an all -ireland body set up under the terms of the !998 Good Friday Agreement.

He has been involved in the following:

  • Bristol food strategy

  • Brighton and Hove food policy

  • Islington Food Policy and Hearty Islington

  • Policy for fast food outlets in Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham, Merseyside and Glasgow

  • Member of the Scottish Food and Drink Policy Group

  • Member of the Scottish Food Research Working Group

  • Advisor to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology on Nutritional Standards in UK Schools, 2009

  • Advisor to the Glasgow Centre for Population Health

  • Advisor to the International Federation for Home Economics on global aspects of food policy

  • Chair of the Healthy Communities Collaborative

  • Member of the Olympic Food Group

  • Advisor to the BMA on children's' food choices

  • NICE Advisory group on prevention of coronary heart disease

  • He was the 2008 HealthWays (West Australia) scholar and spent two months in Perth, WA examining issues of access to food and food banks (Aus$20K). During this period he worked with local service providers, policy makers and academics. He was the Thinker in residence at Deakin, University, Melbourne in 2012/13 (see

    Martin regularly reviews for a wide range of journals and organisations ranging from Public Health Nutrition to Social Science and Medicine.

    He regularly appears on TV and radio in relation to food issues.

    PhD, South Bank University, 1993/7 MSc Health Promotion, King's College London, 1987/8
    P/G Diploma in Health Education, University of Ulster, 1984/5 Diploma in Environmental Health, University of Dublin, 1975/78

    2009 - Present Professor of Food and Health Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University, London. 2002 - 2009 Reader in Food and Health Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University, London. 2000 - 2002 Reader in Food and Social Policy Thames Valley University, London. 1993 - 2000 Senior Lecturer Queen Charlottes, School of Nursing. 1988 - 1991 Director of Health Promotion Services Ealing Health Authority, London. 1981 - 1987 Health Education Officer, Western Health Board, Galway, Eire. 1978 - 1981 Environmental Health Officer, North Western Health Board Offices, Donegal and Sligo, Eire.