Martin Pilgrim

Martin Pilgrim began his working life as a local government accountant but for most of his 39-year career worked for bodies representing local government on a wide range of policy issues. His last job before retirement in 2007 was Chief Executive of London Councils, the body which brings together London’s local authorities. Martin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has a Master’s degree in management from the University of Kent.

Since his retirement, Martin has had a number of different roles in the not-for-profit sector. He became a Trustee of the Family Rights Group in 2012. He was a director of Film London, the strategic film and media agency, from 2005 to 2011. At The Prince’s Trust, he was Chair of the London Regional Council from 2007 to 2013 and Chair of the England Council from 2009 to 2013; he was a Trustee of The Trust in 2009-2010 and was a member of the National Advisory Board from 2010 to 2013. Martin served as a Trustee of the Daycare Trust from 2007 to 2012, when it merged with the Family and Parenting Institute to form the Family and Childcare Trust, where he is now a Trustee. Martin chaired the London Sustainability Exchange from 2007 to 2015. Martin was a Trustee of Swanswell, a national drugs and alcohol charity, from 2014 to 2016. Martin is also a Trustee of the Young Women’s Trust (previously known as the YWCA (England and Wales)) and of the Diana Award. In many of these roles Martin has been or is the lead Trustee on finance, usually chairing the finance committee or equivalent.