Martyn Henderson

Chief Executive

Martyn has been the Chief Executive Officer for the Sports Grounds Safety Authority since August 2018.

Over the past decade, Martyn has led a number of projects, programmes and campaigns within the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport.  Most recently, he was Director for the Events Research Programme, which pioneered the safe opening of mass cultural and sporting events in a structured, scientifically and ethically robust manner.

Prior to joining the SGSA, Martyn was Project Director for Great Exhibition of the North – a celebration of art, culture and innovation of the North of England held in 2018, and the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, which is funding projects in Bradford, Blackpool and the Lake District.

During this period, Martyn also led the UK City of Culture programme, supporting Hull 2017 and running the competition which saw Coventry appointed as UK City of Culture for 2021.  His previous roles also include establishing a £300 museum storage programme and working for several years on equality and social mobility.

Martyn is a Bolton Wanderers fan and worked on the turnstiles at the Reebok (now University of Bolton) Stadium for two seasons.

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