Martin Robinson, Governor
Martin has been Chairman of Center Parcs UK since 1999, having led the business under the ownership of Scottish & Newcastle, as a standalone plc and under private equity ownership with DB Capital Partners/Mid Ocean and, currently, Blackstone. He was also CEO and Chairman of Center Parcs Europe from 1996 until its sale to Pierre & Vacances in 2004.
He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Tragus Group in October 2014, and has been Chairman of Inspiring Learning, under the ownership of aPriori Capital and Ares Management, since July 2012. Martin has been Non-Executive Director of Majid Al Futtaim since February 2014 and is also Chairman of their Audit & Risk Committee.
He has been Supervisory board Director and member of the Audit Committee of Disneyland Resort Paris since 2003. Martin is also a founding partner of Figaro Partners LLP, which is a partnership of expert leisure operators that provides buyout and portfolio business support across the leisure sector
with clients including Permira, Duke Street, Morgan Stanley, 3i and various banks.
Martin was an Operating Partner for Duke Street LLP between September 2010 and February 2015. He was Executive Chairman of wagamama, a Duke Street operating company, between March 2011 and January 2012 and was a Director of QCNS, a Monaco based on-line travel business between February 2011 and March 2012.
Martin’s other private equity experience included chairing and managing the exit of the Holmes Place Health Club business for Bridgepoint and Primera.
He was a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee for Regus plc from 2002 until 2008 and the Senior Independent Director from 2008 to 2010.
Martin’s career began at Reckitt & Colman, which he joined after gaining a BA in geography from Oxford University. He then moved on to Sara Lee Corporation where he eventually became General Manager of their Bakery business in Europe. Following 4 years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Inc. in London and Chicago, he joined Scottish
& Newcastle plc as a Director in their Pub and Restaurant Division.
Martin is married with children and his interests include keep fit, skiing, football and music.