Fakley is an independent innovation, strategy and technology consultant.
Martin has 25 years’ business
experience, including 18 years with ICI in a variety of technical,
commercial and management roles including R&D, new business
development, and the licensing of environmental catalytic processes.
He spent 5 years as the R&D Director of Permabond, the structural
adhesives business of National Starch and Chemical.
Martin gained his consulting
experience developing technology and innovation strategy at the
centre of the ICI Group of companies. He has advised the leaders of
some of the UK’s largest businesses on research, new business
development and business strategy via the UK’s Technology Forum.
responsible for Technology Roadmapping and green chemical technology work for Crystal
Faraday clients; he
also works in the University sector, specialising in
entrepreneurship, chemical catalysis and routes to chemicals and polymers from
Martin trained as a chemist, with a
BSc and PhD from the University of Sussex, Brighton, before joining ICI Corporate
Laboratory in Runcorn. From there he transferred to ICI Agricultural
Division R&D and subsequently worked in business development for
what became ICI Synetix (now part of Johnson-Matthey) where he was
responsible, amongst other things, for starting a business in
After 3 years as a corporate
innovation and technology strategist, in 2000 he transferred to
Permabond as Global Development Director responsible for R&D and
Quality Assurance (Permabond, the structural adhesives business of
National Starch and Chemical, was acquired by ICI from Unilever in
1997). Whilst there, he served on the Research Board of TWI (The Welding
When Permabond was part sold and restructured into the
Bondmaster business of National Starch in late 2003, Martin left to
start his own business as a Technology Strategist. He now operates
as an Adviser to the DTI’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. He
is a Chartered Chemist, a Chartered Scientist and an Associate
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Technology and Materials Cycles at the
University of Surrey.