Martin Tod lives in Winchester, with his wife, Michaela.
He works as Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum, the centre of excellence for men’s health policy and practice.
In May 2012, he was elected as one of the three City Councillors for St Paul ward on Winchester City Council. He was re-elected to the position again in May 2016 and May 2019. In May 2013, he was elected as the Hampshire County Councillor for Winchester Westgate.
Previously he was the 2010 Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Winchester. He was also Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Policy Working Group on Housing and one of the organisers of Lib Dems against the NHS Bill.
Before joining the Men’s Health Forum, he worked for Shelter in a range of roles, including Head of Corporate Fundraising, Head of Strategy Development and Deputy Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns. Previously he was UK Head of Brand & Advertising for Vodafone and a Marketing Director for Procter and Gamble.
Working hard for local people
Over the years, Martin has been an active local campaigner on a wide range of issues. Â These include:
- His campaign to get more ambulances to fix response times in rural areas led to 10 extra ambulances for Hampshire and a significant improvement in response times.
- His work to get extra dentist places in Winchester helped ensure that Winchester was allocated a new dentists’ surgery.
- His “Trip to the Shops” campaign to get action on our local potholes forced the County Council to announce a plan to get Winchester’s High Street resurfaced.
- He worked alongside local war veterans campaigning to save the 6A bus from being cut – and together they got the County Council to cancel their plans.
- He successfully campaigned to get a 9 a.m. start for Winchester’s over-60s bus pass
- He persuaded the City Council to investigate a programme to support green jobs by insulating more homes (which they have since done). You can read the official council minutes here in pdf format.
- He worked closely with Lib Dem Councillors to get Winchester City Council to join up to the 10:10 campaign to cut their carbon dioxide emissions by 10% in 2010.
- He worked closely with Mark Oaten MP to get a ground-breaking trial of insulation for people living in park homes.
- He built the website for the Save the Stanmore campaign and worked alongside local campaigners to successfully oppose the planning application (although this decision was later over-turned by a Government Planning Inspector).
- Working with Jackie Porter, he successfully campaigned to keep vital public toilets open in Alresford!
Martin is an active volunteer in Winchester – mainly with homelessness charities and environmental groups.
He has also helped in schools across the constituency with citizenship classes.
Hobbies & interests:
Cycling, cinema, photography, internet, going for walks with Michaela in and around Winchester
Martin is also a member of Winchester Action on Climate Change, Winchester Friends of the Earth, the Campaign for Real Ale, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, the Electoral Reform Society, the Howard League for Penal Reform, the European Movement, Amnesty International, the Open Rights Group, and No2ID.
Martin’s great-great-great-great-grandfather,Â Thomas Garnier, was Dean of Winchester and features in Winchester Museum as an “anti-muckabite” campaigner to bring a sewerage system to Winchester in the 1860s. The Dean Garnier garden in the Cathedral close is named after him, as is Garnier Road, leading past the old pumping station.
Martin is currently the Chairman of the Friends of the Dean Garnier Garden. You can find out more about the garden and how you can help on the Garden’s Facebook page!
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