Martin has 30 years’ experience in the development sector, and co-founded build to rent developers Essential Living. He is a member of the DCLG Build to Rent sub-committee, and the London Urban Transformation Commission. Martin did an Estate Management degree, but it was always residential development that appealed to him. In his career he has worked for volume house builders, private companies, a large developing housing association, and more recently has run his own businesses. Martin likes the fact that at Local Space he can see the effects of Board decisions and inputs very quickly, because the compact size of the organisation means it is not burdened with internal bureaucracy and inertia.