Martin founded Salamanca Group in 2002. Since its inception, Martin has been at the helm of the Group, where he led the regeneration of the Mediterranean’s leading superyacht marina and Bulgaria Mall, one of the largest developments completed in South-Eastern Europe when launched.
In 2017, Martin became Chairman and Co-CEO of Gravity, the UK’s first commercial smart campus, underpinned by clean growth.
In 2019 Martin, in response to what he sees as a seismic change to the global economy similar to the industrial revolution, focused Salamanca Group on Clean Growth opportunities. Martin is also the founder of the Clean Growth Leadership Network (CGLN).
In 2021, Martin was appointed as director of Wildfox Resorts, which will bring to fruition the UK’s first ‘Active and wellbeing resort’ based in Afan Valley, South Wales.
In 1997 he became one of a few people to row the Atlantic Ocean with his good friend Mark Mortimer. Martin holds an MBA from Reading University and is a fellow in the Royal Geographical Society.
Sharon Waterman is an experienced coach, educator, and consultant who helps others to be the best version of themselves. Sharon has 25 years experience in education, 12 of which were in senior leadership.
Previously Sharon was Principal at The Leigh Academy, one of the strongest non-selective secondary academies in Kent and the founding academy of Leigh Academies Trust.
The Trust now proudly comprises of 17 open academies and 4 in pre-opening phase. Sharon was responsible for leading the Academy Improvement Strategy across all the schools. She is passionate about people and enabling them to thrive.
Lord David Triesman has an expansive career; he is a Group Director at Salamanca Group, responsible for developing new business opportunities. He brings a wealth of commercial experience and a career in politics.
Currently, he is the Chairman of Wildfox Resorts and sits as a non-executive director at Havin Bank (Havana International Bank), Gravity and OneOcean Ventures. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Advisory Board at Templewood Merchant Bank, a Board Member of Wembley National Stadium, Chairman of the Football Association and was a member of an Advisory Board at UBS.
In political life, Lord Triesman was responsible for the Prime Minister’s political organisation (2001-2004) and has served as Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; and later in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; and held ministerial and official opposition roles in Energy, Business and Higher Education and Europe.
Kathryn Partridge is an international corporate affairs, communications and reputation management leader, based in London. Her career has spanned multi-industries and sectors across global consumer, private equity, telecoms and consultancy organisations. She delivers strategic reputation and communications counsel to senior-most business leaders, and is a passionate advocate for an integrated approach to commercial decision-making, corporate affairs and broader stakeholder engagement.
Kathryn started her career at French utilities giant Générale des Eaux SA, which later became Veolia. In that company she ran the UK communications operation in its entirety. She went on to establish the highly acclaimed corporate relations function at Diageo plc, and after providing strategic communications counsel to a Top 5 PE firm, went on to head up corporate brand and communications for a global division of the Indian conglomerate, Tata. Kathryn has most recently returned to the world of FMCG, and is currently group corporate affairs, communications and sustainability director for Britvic plc.
Kathryn is married to her childhood sweetheart, with one wonderful daughter, and an over-excitable Beagle. She lives in London and Dorset. In her downtime Kathryn loves good books, long walks and open water swimming. She supports a range of charitable organisations and community causes, most notably in the areas of education, literacy and inclusion. She is a strong advocate of kindness in leadership, and operates with a cool head, a warm heart and plenty of grit. Kathryn is inordinately proud to be a Trustee of Bounce Forward.
Matt Kingdon has a joint honours degree in Economics and Law from Durham University. He joined Unilever as a marketing trainee in 1985 working in the UK, Thailand the Middle East. In 1992 he co-founded the advisory firm? What If! in London. The goal was to help hard working people in large organisations break out of the everyday and innovate.? What If!’s approach touched a chord and grew rapidly in Europe, the US and China and came first in the Financial Times ‘Best Company to Work For’ in Europe awards an unprecedented two times (2005 and 2006). Matt was CEO then Chairman and saw new office openings in Shanghai, Singapore, Sao Paulo, New York, Chicago and San Francisco. In February 2019 ?What If! was acquired by Accenture. He hung up his corporate innovation spurs in March 2022 and is now happily self-employed. His goal is to leverage all that he has learned over 40 years to help early stage organisations and ambitious young people achieve the extraordinary.
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