Martin joined the SNP in 1991 being elected as Scotland’s youngest Councillor to the then Clydebank District Council in 1992 at the age of 21.
Martin eventually returned to education graduating from GCFT now Glasgow Met with a HND in Business Administration in 1997, earning his Politics degree from University of Essex (the first member of his family to do so) and in 2004 attended the Glasgow School of Art to undertake his Masters Degree.
On finishing his studies Martin came home to Clydebank and has spent nearly a decade working for West Dunbartonshire Community and Volunteering Services (WDCVS), supporting and developing West Dunbartonshire’s community and volunteering organisations.
Martin has continued to be involved in the front-line of politics returning to local government as an SNP Councillor representing the Anderston & City ward of Glasgow City Council in 2012.
Until being elected to serve the communities of West Dunbartonshire in May 2015, Martin worked as a policy officer with national body for volunteering, Volunteer Scotland. He lives with his family in Whiteinch.
Since 2015 Martin has been a member of the SNP Westminster Group Defence team and during the 2015-17 Parliament was a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Since the 2017 General election Martin has been re-appointed to the SNP Westminster Defence Team as well as being a member of the U.K. Parliament Defence Committee.
Martin is the SNP spokesperson at Westminster on Industries of the Future and Blockchain Technologies (July 2018).
Martin sits as co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain