Martin McCourt has spent over 35 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 comes 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 £1bn 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.
Martin was Chairman of CAP, a market leading provider of vehicle valuation data, new vehicle information and business solutions to the automotive industry, from 2012 until its sale in 2014. He is currently Chairman of CliniSys Group (CliniSys), the market leading supplier in Europe of clinical laboratory information management systems (LIMS), D.O.R.C (Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center) 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 Martin is on the Board of Your Life. Your Life is a 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. It looks to inspire young people, to study maths and physics as a gateway into wide-ranging careers whilst also triggering employers to recruit and retain this talent. www.yourlife.org
He is a Director and investor in Ideas Britain, an app and broadcast channel that provides a totally new way for ideas and their young creators to access opportunity, knowledge, mentors and funding.
Martin is also a Non Executive Director and investor for Headbox, a web based platform which enables the sharing of inspiring places for people to have meetings and a Senior Adviser and Investor in Venture Founders, a crowd funding platform.