Christopher Martin fell into teaching in an accidental manner. Following National Service with the 10th Gurkha Rifles in Malaya and a degree from St Andrews, a casual conversation with a friend led him to his first job interview. Being the only applicant, he was duly appointed to a teaching post at Westminster School. He retired thirty-five years later after an illustrious career that included headmasterships at Bristol Cathedral School and Millfield. He also served as a Member of the Privy Council Education Committee. Since retiring he has been a school governor, chairman of several charities working with youth education, and is currently President of The National Association of Gifted Children.