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Martine is the ultimate action-taker. Once a decision is made, there is no stopping her. Martine simply cannot not act. She loves to learn as she goes, tweaking and refining in real-time. This does not mean that she does not plan, only that there is no time wasted in setting a plan into action.
Martine is the person everyone goes to when they want something done. She is always proactive, seeking solutions and devising ways to make things happen - even in her sleep!
Martine has proven countless times that an idea can work by proving it. In fact, if you tell her she can't, she'll show you she can. She's a pioneer in her field and has won prestigious awards for social innovation. Her work ethic and action-taking mindset make Martine a formidable force when she sets her mind to a goal.
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Martine is wildly creative and fascinated by ideas. She has an uncanny knack of discovering beneath the complex surface of convoluted dilemmas an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. She is intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection and is known for bringing fresh new perspectives to age-old challenges.
Martine revels in taking the world as we know it and tipping it on its axis to view it from a unique but strangely enlightening angle. She is certainly not a traditional thinker and gains her energy from original, conceptual and smart ideas that are usually thrilling and 'on the edge'.
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Martine is the kind of leader who takes society where it doesn't want to go, but needs to. She is not afraid to present the facts or truth, no matter how unpleasant they are, if it will inspire change for the good.
Martine has a compelling and natural ability to lead people to take risks in pursuit of doing the right thing. People are often drawn towards her presence and inspirational energy, knowing that her missions are likely to be 'one helluva ride!'.
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Martine is a stickler for doing the right thing, which she often declares is different to doing things right. Always guided by her ethics and principles Martine will be the first to ask, '...But, is it the right thing?' which means she takes psychological responsibility for anything that she commits to or is involved in.
Martine's reputation is built upon dependability and many senior professionals return to her time and time again, knowing that any assigned task will be undertaken conscientiously with dedication and an unwavering commitment to return an accurate and truthful outcome.
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Martine believes 'people do business with people they like' which is why so many of Martine's business interactions involve the same small teams of people, whom she trusts.
Martine values loyalty and honesty and places these values at the forefront of her relationships. Chances are, if you are genuine, smart, positive, proactive and kind, she will be drawn to you and will want you on her team!
Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who Martine is. She is never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.
Martine is a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. She speaks up for what is right even if there is opposition. Martine acts on her convictions.
Martine is an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living her life in a genuine and authentic way. She is down to earth and without pretence; Martine is a "real" person.
Martine is aware of the good things that happen to her, and she never takes them for granted. Her friends and family members know that she is a grateful person because she always takes the time to express her thanks.
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who Martine is. She does not jump to conclusions, and she relies only on solid evidence to make her decisions.
Martine is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an award-winning strategic leader with over 15 years’ experience in the field of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
As a former Chief Executive of a registered charity, Martine was instrumental in setting up the first voluntary-led Sexual Assault Referral Centre in England, which was recognised as a national beacon of best practice.
Shortly after, Martine was invited to join the Home Office and Department of Health’s National Support Team for the Response to Sexual Violence and was tasked with supporting the third sector's response to sexual violence across the UK.
Martine set up her own consultancy business in 2011 working with local authorities to undertake strategic reviews of service pathways, working predominantly across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Following the introduction of mandatory Domestic Homicide Reviews by the Secretary Of State in 2011, Martine was also invited to become an accredited Independent Chair for Domestic Homicide Reviews within the first cohort of Home Office qualified Chairs. To date she has chaired and published four Domestic Homicide Reviews.
Martine is a qualified trainer and has written and delivered innovative typology training to over 5000 front-line professionals working with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.
Her fresh and original approach to domestic violence has changed the way professional teams respond to inter-personal violence across the West Country with a great many families safer today as a result.
Martine is an avid bargain-hunter and loves nothing more than a good vintage fair, auction or carboot sale. She is constantly adding splashes of colour and character to the home she shares with her long-suffering DIY husband, two children and beloved cockapoo, Buddy.
Martine juggles her work and crazy creative projects with home educating her eldest child, who was removed from mainstream education aged 15 years old. Together they proactively follow the Porcupine principles and are working towards an action plan that will deliver a bright and exciting future aligned to her daughter's unique talents.
Martine dreams of owning a converted motorhome and travelling the globe (again), learning and creating as she goes.
For the above reasons, the Porcupine Collective believes Martine is the perfect person to engage and influence stakeholders to create opportunities for young people who might otherwise be overlooked. We trust that she has the skills and mindset to embed the ethos of strengths-science and positive psychology into every aspect of the Porcupine Collective's activities - or she'll die trying!