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Martin Howell was appointed as an Independent Governor in January 2011.
Martin graduated from Bristol University with a BSc in chemistry and spent his whole career in the steel industry retiring in 2006. He held a number of senior appointments in Corus including Commercial Director of the Engineering Steels business, Commercial Director for Corus Group and finally, Director Construction for the Group, retiring in July 2006. He was much involved in business at an international level and with the trade associations Eurofer and the International Iron and Steel Institute. He was also a Board Member of Steel 24/7, an e-commerce steel trading organisation based in Brussels, a Governor of Ashorne Hill Management College from 1999 to 2006 and a member of the UK Steel Executive.
Other appointments were as a Vice President and Member of the Principals' Council of the Construction Products Association and an Executive and Council Member of the Steel Construction Institute.
He was Master of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire for 2008-2009. In this role he had a significant public profile particularly in promoting the interests of manufacturing industry.
Currently, he is the Chairman of the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and a Board Member of Thames Valley Crimestoppers.
Martin is a Trustee of the Oxford Health Charitable Funds.