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Martin Blackburn has been appointed Finance Director for the Emergency Planning Society, it was announced at the EPS Annual Conference.

Martin was the Isle of Man’s Emergency Planning Officer and head of Civil Defence for 10 years until a restructuring within the Department of Home Affairs led to his transferring to the General Registry as Director of Finance and Central Services, ending his 27 involvement in the Isle of Man Civil Defence Corps during which time he had risen through the ranks to become their Commandant.

Martin joined the Emergency Planning Society as a Member in 1999 and was elected a Fellow in 2011. Martin is also a member of the Business Continuity Institute and of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. Since April 2015 he has been the Head of Legal Aid Administration in the Isle of Man’s Treasury.

Martin has continued his involvement in emergency planning and was a member of the St John Ambulance National Emergency Operations Advisory Group in the run up to the London Olympics in 2012.

Martin is currently the Commissioner/Director of Operations for the Isle of Man Commandery of St John Ambulance, an organisation which he joined as a cadet at the age of eleven. As well as this leadership role, Martin regularly carries out uniformed duties crewing their ambulances and attending various events including the world famous TT Motorcycle races to provide first aid cover, and delivers training both on and off-Island to volunteer officials. Martin is an Officer of the Order of St John.

In his professional life, Martin is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant as well as a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. He lists his other hobbies as Freemasonry and officiating at motorsport both 4-wheeled and 2-wheeled.

Tony Thompson, Chair of the Emergency Planning Society said:

“Martin has a very unique skills set – he brings us the benefit of his long and varied practical experience of Emergency Planning coupled with his professional accountancy qualifications. We look forward to the contribution he will make in the on-going development of the financial governance and business systems of the Emergency Planning Society as we continue to represent the interests of our members and increase their effectiveness in securing the safety and resilience of our communities and businesses”.

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