David Martin is the Chief Executive of Spotlight on Britain.
An international heritage lawyer and legal historian, David is an experienced freelance writer.
He studied law and history at the London School of Economics and has worked in the field of heritage based community regeneration since his student days when he was associated with projects in London and Stoke-on-Trent.
Specialising in raising finance for regeneration projects, David played a major role in regenerating Liverpool after the Toxteth riots and helped to regenerate Bristol Quays, Gloucester Docks and Cardiff Bay.
He has advised on the creation of World Heritage Sites and industrial museums. World Heritage Sites that he worked on include Hadrian’s Wall, Maritime Greenwich and the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape in South Wales.
David and his wife, Betty, grew up near The Potteries. They have always been fascinated by its history and architectural heritage. David took A’ levels at Stoke-on-Trent College of Commerce. He became a member of Stoke-on-Trent College of Art’s photographic society and took over 5,000 photographs of North Staffordshire’s heritage buildings.
Betty is a historical geographer. She met David when he was researching the history and jurisdiction of Tunstall Court Leet. Betty was educated at Brownhills High School in Tunstall. She is a graduate of Manchester University where she wrote a thesis on the economic development of The Potteries.
Since 1990, she has undertaken extensive original research into North Staffordshire’s history and architectural heritage. Betty’s research into Tunstall’s history enabled her to produce the first map of the township as it was in the Middle Ages. She has written extensively about The Potteries and is writing a book about Tunstall Town Hall and Market with David.