An experienced after dinner speaker and conference facilitator, Martin McCourt has promoted sales, innovation, and change some of the world’s most successful businesses, including Dyson, Mars, Duracell, Toshiba and Pelikan. As the former CEO of Dyson, Martin is credited with its transformation into a major technology company, and continues to work at the heart of British-based manufacturing and design.
During the 15 years he served as CEO of Dyson, Martin devised and implemented a strategy that transformed the company from a single product, single market producer into one where 80% of the business comes from over 60 markets around the world.
In that time, he increased UK skilled jobs, grew profits to over £300m and enabled James Dyson to keep on inventing. In 2011, Dyson hit £1bn revenue for the first time. Martin was directly responsible for the establishment of Dyson subsidiaries in the USA, Japan, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. In total he took Dyson into over 60 markets, achieving market leadership in the majority including the USA.
In 2010, Martin was named UK Business Leader of the Year and is a huge supporter of inspiring young people to develop innovative technology in order for the UK to keep up with technological market leaders such as China and Japan.
Martin is the former Chairman of CAP, a market leading provider of vehicle valuation data, new vehicle information and business solutions to the automotive industry.
Currently, he is Chairman of CliniSys Group, the market leading supplier in Europe of clinical laboratory information management systems; D.O.R.C, a prominent provider of innovative instruments and equipment for ophthalmic surgery; Equatex, the foremost supplier of international employee and executive compensation plan services; The Learning Curve Group, an organization providing vocational education and training programmes to a wide range of learners and employers; and Venture Founders, a UK-based equity investment platform designed to make Angel and Venture Capital style investing more accessible, affordable and transparent.
In 2016, he was appointed Chairman of Glen Dimplex Group. The company, founded over 40 years ago, is a leading international group, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating and it holds significant global market positions in domestic appliances, cooling, ventilation and renewable energy solutions.
Martin is also on the Board of Your Life – a three-year campaign to ensure young adults in the UK have the maths and science skills needed to succeed in the current competitive global economy. It aims to inspire young people to study maths and physics as a gateway into a choice of careers whilst also triggering employers to recruit and retain the talent.
He is a Director and investor in Ideas Britain, an app and broadcast channel that provides a totally new way for ideas and their young creators to access opportunity, knowledge, mentors and funding.