Martin made a valuable contribution as a Member of Glas Cymru. Whilst appointed for his background in sustainability, he fully grasped the wider governance role of a Member and his thoughtful but challenging approach made him one of the Board's more effective 'critical friends'.
Richard Curtis, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
It has been an honour to have met and worked with Martin Blake. Martin has visionary ideas, practical and pragmatic solutions and a great network of similarly dedicated and intelligent collaborators. He sees possibility and potential and then looks for ways to make it happen in a manner that considers impacts from a global, sustainable and evolving perspective. We look forward to continue collaboration with him in the future. He is ‘True Blue’ in the deepest sense.
Nikki and Peter Thompson, Founders, Soil2Soul
Martin is a rare diamond in the sustainable business world - an absolute expert, with a global perspective and the experience of real-world application in big business. He recognises that business strategy should be focused on making an organisation more sustainable AND more profitable. He is a true systems thinker whom I highly recommend.
Oliver Hurrey, Managing Director, Market Engagement Services, 2degrees
I worked with Martin recently on a high profile project in the Middle East. His expertise, understanding of geo-political sensitivities and grasp of what needed to be done was exactly what we were looking for. Bringing his vast experience in sustainability strategy and reporting in large complex organisations and across sectors to the table enabled us to provide deep insight on relevant issues. I look forward to working with Martin in the future.
Matthew Farren-Handford, Senior Manager, Cleantech & Sustainability
I would like to express my appreciation, along with that of the entire SDIR team, for Dr, Martin Blake's assistance and guidance in the SDIR 2012 Awards Judging Process which was crucial for success of this year's Annual SDIR Programme. His commitment in helping us achieve our challenging task of assessing and judging six winners out of 35 companies on schedule was professional and timely. We have also profited by following the many practical suggestions he offered. I am confident that his help will be instrumental in our continued growth and the success of the SDIR Programme.
Mahesh Patel, A/Manager HSE Business Strategies (Opers & Devt) HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate (DG), Qatar Petroleum
I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Martin Blake in 2010 when I was researching for an expert in the field of sustainability to exchange knowledge and perhaps form a business relationship. Martin is extremely down-to-earth and knowledgeable in sustainability, climate change and in how to drive a profitable sustainable business. We had the honour to have Martin sit on our board as a non-executive director and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. Martin is very approachable and personable, and I would truly recommend him for any consultative positions in the field of climate change and sustainable business.
Alison S. Leung, Sustainability Officer and Client Relations Manager, Industry RE
Martin's holistic views to sustainability and his action oriented approach make him a great advisor to senior management in business. Martin is known for his personal integrity and excellent social skills. He speaks from the heart and has a refreshing take on sustainability issues. It is pleasure working with Martin as a colleague on the Sabien Board and in the past when Martin was Sustainability Director of Royal Mail. I recommed Martin to anyone who wishes a fresh pair of eyes looking at the sustainability issues.
Miriam Maes, Chairman of the Board Sabien Technology Group
I have worked with Martin and learned from him for over the years. He is focused and consistent in his approach to providing strategic advice and combines experience, intelligence and grit so he can say what his fellow board members need to hear, in the way it needs to be heard.
Martin is very skilful both at giving advice and coaching others, he has provided valuable tools and techniques which have helped enhance the skills of the Sabien leadership team. He combines relevant industry insight with experience to provide advice that can be trusted and fortunately, he’s able and willing to share his knowledge with others. His advice is smart, relevant and actionable.
His ability to quickly assess issues and offer pragmatic solutions, in a clear articulate fashion, makes him a valuable board member. In these fast and turbulent times senior executives are looking for direction and leadership they can trust, more than ever before.
His strategic advice and counsel are making a real difference at Sabien.
Alan O Brien, Founder and CEO, Sabien Technology Group PLC, UK
Rarely do we get to learn from experts who are strategic, creative, inspiring, globally influential, pragmatic and entrepreneurial who have transformed some of the largest organisations in the world...so it is with great pleasure MOSS the industry body for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability in Australia, has appointed Dr Martin Blake – international sustainability and change management expert as our strategic advisor to provide board and C Suite support for business, industry and government across our region - taking companies from being transactional to transformational, building capacity, opening doors to new markets, developing relevant business cases and establishing sustainability as profit centres.
Anne-Marie Huxley, Founder and CEO of MOSS (Models for Success and Sustainability)
It was great to have Martin as our keynote speaker at our annual conference this year. He presented on the global case for adopting sustainability strategies in business and through actual case studies clearly demonstrated the huge bottom line savings that are available and how corporate hurdle rates on capex are easily exceeded. His presentation reinforces the fact that the adoption of sustainability strategies in a business that take it beyond legislation compliance greatly enhances the bottom line.