Born in 1958 in Mount Eden, Auckland, Martin grew up a keen athlete, cricketer and rugby player. Becoming a first class cricketer by the age of 19 he went on to play for New Zealand in 25 test matches and 93 ODI appearances during his cricketing career. The New Zealand Cricket Almanack named him player of the year in 1982.
A lawyer by profession, Martin took office as the CEO of New Zealand Cricket in 2001. Having proven himself in the administrative arena, he stepped down from his role at NZC in 2007 to become the head of the company running the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
He is currently CEO of Duco Promotions Limited as well as part of the management of New Zealand's rising boxing star Joseph Parker. He is currently a director of both New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and also of Auckland World Master Games 2017.