Across three decades as a television journalist Martyn anchored every mainstream national news programme on ITV & BBC TV, and works extensively in the voluntary sector. A recent chairman of NCVO and director of IPSO, he is currently Chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. As a long-time campaigner for "solutions journalism", he remains Chair of NCVO’s “Constructive Voices” project and Patron of Positivenews.org.uk. He recently founded YourBigDay Ltd, offering video “time-capsules” for every date and almost every year over the last century, drawn from the Reuters and ITN archives, and ordered and delivered online (www.yourbigday.tv).
Martyn was awarded a CBE in 1997 and a knighthood in 2016 for services to the voluntary sector.