Martin joined The Open University Business School's Centre for Financial Management in July 2004. Previously he worked for seventeen years in the financial services industry, including twelve years as Treasurer of the Nationwide Building Society. Prior to that Martin worked in local government (Coventry City Council) and higher education (University of Aston and Leeds Polytechnic).
Martin is Director of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin).
Martin's main teaching and research interests are UK financial services, financial markets, treasury management and balance sheet risk management.
Martin is currently Chair of Introduction to Financial Services (BD131) a component module for the Open University's Foundation Degree in Financial Services. Additionally he is Production Chair for 'Introduction to Corporate Finance' (B858), a compulsory module for the Business School's new MSc in Finance and a Production Team Member for 'Advanced Management Accounting' (B392). Martin also supervises PhD students.
With Professor Janette Rutterford and Dr Devendra Kodwani, Martin co-edited the B821/B854 course reader Financial Strategy; (2nd edition, Wiley, 2006). He contributed a chapter to this publication on the subject of fixed rate mortgages in the UK.
Additionally Martin was an academic consultant for the 2013 BBC2 series 'Bankers'. He has also produced research papers for the BBC's Money Programme on payment protection insurance and bank charges, media briefs on the UK housing market and has been a panellist on Radio 4's Moneybox programme commenting on developments in the financial markets and on UK interest rates. Martin has also been a regular contributor to the Open2.net blog accompanying the Money Programme - see his views on the UK housing market, boiler rooms, the Northern Rock crisis, buy-to-let, bank charges (2006 and 2007) and payment protection insurance.
Martin regularly undertakes external presentations on treasury and financial markets issues. Martin has for several years run treasury workshops for the Building Societies Association (BSA). From 2010 to 2013 Martin was also a non-executive director and Vice Chairman of the Shepshed Building Society.
More info: http://www.open.ac.uk/business-school/people/martin-upton