Born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham in 1973, Martin Foley studied Law at Manchester University. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 1998, Martin spent two years working in private practice in the West Midlands.In 2000 Martin undertook a Master’s degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law at Manchester University. Upon completing his M.A., Martin was appointed as Personal Assistant to former Liberal Democrat MP, Lord Alton of Liverpool. In addition to his work for Lord Alton Martin spent the next 4 years working as a researcher for a variety of MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament.
In 2005 Martin was appointed as the first chief executive of Life, a national charity that offers an innovative approach to supporting women and families throughout pregnancy and beyond, including the provision of supported housing for pregnant women and mothers of young children. In almost 5 years at Life, Martin led the charity through a period of significant change and expansion in its charitable outreach, particularly in its care and education services.
In 2010 Martin was appointed as National Director of the Apostleship of the Sea, a charity that offers pastoral, spiritual and welfare support to seafarers visiting UK ports. He is also a trustee of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).
Martin is married to Anna-Marie, a General Practitioner, and lives with her and his four young children in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.