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Board and Executive Management


Richard Martin, Chairman

Richard Martin

After leaving Bristol Technical School, Richard became an apprenticed stereotyper for the Bristol Evening Post in 1967. In 1975 he moved to The Western Gazette, another newspaper in the same group based in Yeovil. Ahead of the introduction of computerisation into the industry, Richard moved into the commercial side and in 1981, became trained in advertising design and sales. After a few years he gained promotion to Advertising Manager for the group's free press titles distributed throughout Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire.

Following the profitable sale of a retail business in early 1986, which Richard set up and was managed by his wife Kathy, he left the newspaper business to pursue his interest in property and forge a career in estate agency. Richard founded Martin & Co in 1986 in Yeovil. In 1995, Martin & Co became a franchise operation and the brand has grown from strength to strength since.

Professional qualifications, memberships and recognitions: Richard's success was recognised by the British Franchise Association, when Richard was awarded Franchisor of the Year in 2003. Richard is a fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents.

Ian Wilson, Chief Executive Officer

Ian Wilson

Ian has worked in the property industry for thirty years. After graduating from Bristol Polytechnic with a Degree in Housing, Ian's first job was to manage one of the UK's most deprived housing estates in the north east of England. When the Conservative Government introduced the Housing Act 1988 which set the legal framework for a resurgence of the private rented sector, Ian was working as a Fair Rent Officer and shortly after applied to Halifax Property Services in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to become its first Area Lettings Manager. Ian moved to General Accident Property Services as a Regional Lettings Manager and subsequently was promoted to National Lettings Manager. Ian moved to Connells as its first Lettings Director and in the course of business met Richard Martin, who invited Ian to join Martin & Co as Managing Director.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: Ian holds a degree in Housing, awarded by Bristol Polytechnic.

David Raggett, Chief Financial Officer

David Ragget

David holds a Degree in Economics and Accounting from Reading University where he was under the tutorship of Professor Christopher Nobes. Since qualifying with PWC as a Chartered Accountant he has spent his whole working life in franchising as franchisor and franchisee. Initially David held financial responsibility for several Ford franchises before, in the mid 90s, moving to Porsche's UK headquarters. Here he held financial responsibility for its distribution, retail and financial services businesses at various times, as well as being their Company Secretary and, for several years, Head of Legal. In 2007 David took up the role of Finance Director for the Motability Scooter and Powered Wheelchair Scheme to restore its financial stability, to improve its offering and to expand its customer base. After successfully turning the Scheme around and leading it into new ownership, David took some time out before deciding to venture back into franchising. David joined Martin & Co in February 2013.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: David holds a degree in Economics and Accounting and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Paul Latham, Non-Executive Director

Paul Latham

Paul Latham is a Chartered Surveyor and sits on the Residential Board for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors of which he was Chair until 2011. Paul served as Deputy Group CEO of LSL Property Services plc until 2010 having been part of the management buyout in 2004, which ultimately saw the business successfully list on the London Stock Exchange in 2006. During this period Paul was managing director of a number of the LSL group's subsidiary businesses including e.surv Chartered Surveyors and also sat on a number of external company boards and trade bodies. Subsequently Paul served as a Non-Executive Director of LSL until 2012.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: Paul is a Chartered Surveyor and sits on the Residential Board for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Phil Crooks, Non-executive Director

Phil Crooks

Phil Crooks is a Chartered Accountant and currently a partner in the Forensic and Investigations Services at Grant Thornton UK LLP with more than 30 years experience in accounting, auditing and investigations. He was previously UK Head of Audit for 6 years and a member of the International Assurance Advisory Board at Grant Thornton. Phil has extensive audit and advisory experience, addressing financial reporting and accounting issues and has worked with a wide range of listed and private international companies. Phil was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of MCO's Board and Chair of its Audit Committee in May 2015.

Professional qualifications and memberships: FCA

Executive Management

Penny Sanders - Executive Head of Franchising

Penny Sanders

Penny started in lettings as a Lettings Negotiator for Goadsby & Harding. Penny was subsequently promoted to Lettings Manager and later left the company to start up her own independent property business. In June 2005, Penny met Ian Wilson and was invited to join Martin & Co as Franchise Manager, recently appointed to the new role of Executive Head of Franchising.

John Coupe - Executive Head of Franchise Support

John Coupe

John joined Halifax Building Society in 1982, and held varied roles across the UK. In 1989, John was seconded to a US Management Consultancy and was trained in consulting skills and project management. Following this, John was appointed as one of the first Area Managers for the building society and consistently took his area to the top of internal sales results leagues. John became a Regional Manager for Halifax Estate Agents in 2000, and increased profit by £2 million in the first full year. In June 2006, John met Ian Wilson and was appointed National Operations Director for Martin & Co, recently appointed to the new role of Executive Head of Franchise Support.

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