Martyn Rose was called to the Bar in his early 20s, but subsequently decided to pursue a career in business. He acquired his first company at the age of 29 and over the next three decades he created, built and developed a wide range of businesses from manufacturing to software, financial services and property. At the age of 34 he became Chairman of his first publicly listed company and has, since that time, been Chairman of over twenty five public and private companies. In the 1990s he co-founded and was the Chair of Macaw, a start-up soft drinks business, which became one of the leading manufacturers within the sector, as well as co-founding and chairing a portfolio of commercial radio stations.
Among the companies he chairs today are Dentons Pension Management, one of the UK’s leading pension administrators, and AIM-listed software group Publishing Technology plc,a world leading content solutions provider focused on the publishing industry.
Since becoming more focused on his charitable and philanthropic work, he has reduced the range of his commercial activities, and the remaining businesses with which he is involved are all companies that he established and continues to chair.
As Chairman of DanceEast, he was actively involved in the organisation’s capital fundraising campaign for its new premises. He is a long-standing Trustee of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a school governor, and co-chaired the National Citizen Service with Michael Gove prior to the general election. This has now developed into a Government policy, running a programme for 16 year olds. He also co-chaired the Get Britain Working campaign with Theresa May, and co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Big Society Network, which encourages, develops and showcases social enterprise.