Martin McCourt has spent over 40 years working at the heart of British-based manufacturing, design and marketing for quality brands such as Dyson, Mars, Duracell, Toshiba and Pelikan.
Martin was the CEO of Dyson for 15 years, the ideas to market-leading consumer products maker. As CEO, he devised and implemented a strategy that transformed the company from a single product, single market producer into one where 80% of the business came from over 60 markets around the world. In that time he increased UK skilled jobs, grew profits to over £300m and enabled James Dyson to keep on inventing. In 2011 Dyson hit £1 bn revenue for the first time. Martin was directly responsible for the establishment of Dyson subsidiaries in the USA, Japan, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. In total he took Dyson into over 60 markets, achieving market leadership in the majority including the USA.
Martin’s previous experience was in sales and marketing with successful global companies Mars, Duracell, Toshiba and Pelikan.
In 2010 Martin was named UK Business Leader of the Year.
In January 2019 Martin joined the Board of Weber as a Non Executive Director and strategic adviser. Based in Chicago, Weber is the most recognized name in the world for barbecue grills and has the most comprehensive range of products and services in the industry.
He was recently appointed Chairman to FreeFlow Technologies, a dynamic UK start-up, developing a lightweight compact, high performance e-bike drive system that is backed by Williams Applied Engineering and Foresight PE. Martin has also been appointed as Chairman of Lightfoot which was launched in 2013 and is described as the ‘Fitbit for cars’, saving money for drivers every time they drive.
In April 2017 Martin was appointed Chairman of The Dudson Group. Operating since 1800, Dudson continues to manufacture ceramic tableware in Stoke-on-Trent, England today. With over 200 years’ experience in ceramics they are a world leading specialist in the design and production of tableware to the global hospitality market.
Also he serves as Chairman of Glen Dimplex Group, founded over 40 years ago. The company is a leading international group, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating and it holds significant global market positions in domestic appliances, cooling, ventilation and renewable energy solutions. Additionally, he is Chairman of The Learning Curve Group, an organization providing vocational education and training programmes to a wide range of learners and employers and Venture Founders, a UK-based equity investment platform designed to make Angel and Venture Capital style investing more accessible, affordable and transparent.
Martin was on the Board of Your Life. A recently completed, three-year, campaign to ensure young adults in the UK have the maths and science skills needed to succeed in the current competitive global economy.
He was formerly Chairman of CAP, a market leading provider of vehicle valuation data, new vehicle information and business solutions to the automotive industry, CliniSys Group (CliniSys), the market leading supplier in Europe of clinical laboratory information management systems (LIMS), D.O.R.C (Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre) a prominent provider of innovative instruments and equipment for ophthalmic surgery and Equatex the foremost supplier of international employee and executive compensation plan services.
Additionally, he is a Non-Executive Director and investor for Headbox, a web based platform which enables the sharing of inspiring places for people to have meetings.