Martyn Drake is the founder of Binley Drake Consulting, the boutique management consultancy he set up in 2009 to help ambitious business leaders dramatically improve the performance of their organisations.
Since then, he has advised commercial organisations ranging from small family businesses right up to some of the world’s most iconic brands.
His expertise, developed over twenty years in FSTE 100 blue-chip businesses, spans strategy, leadership, change management, marketing, sales, and high-stakes negotiation. His commercial-sector clients range from global names like Weight Watchers and Walgreens Boots Alliance, to mid-sized entrepreneurial businesses, like Joules, First Choice, Shine and King of Shaves.
Working with non-profits:
Martyn has two sons, both of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum, and in March 2013 he contacted the National Autistic Society, to offer his pro-bono support. The success of the strategy project that followed, led to intensive paid engagements with other major charities as word of mouth rapidly spread.
Since then, Martyn’s non-profit engagements have spanned health, social care, disability, education, animal welfare and international development, for clients including the National Health Service, St John Ambulance, Brooke, Sense, Scouts, Girlguiding, and the British Red Cross.
He is now deeply committed to the sector, writes regular columns for the sector press, and is widely recognised as one of its leading experts on strategy and commerce. His first book, The Commercial Charity, was published by Kogan Page in April 2020.
Martyn lives with his wife, two children and two cats in Nottinghamshire, England. The recent addition of a dog to the household means that Martyn has slipped from 6th to 7th in “the most influential member of the household” ranking. He is desperately trying to talk them out of getting chickens.