Martin Farrell

Martin Farrell

Founder, get2thepoint

Some things have changed over the last 30 years since Martin Farrell volunteered to help a handcraft charity in South Africa and to do church based youth work in a rough estate in Manchester… and other things haven’t. Back then he wanted to make the world a better place. That youthful vision is still what drives him but now he’s got a wiser head on his shoulders. Working in and with lots of charities, large and small, through his consultancy get2thepoint, has provided rich and challenging experience of how life in organisations can be.

With a son studying artificial intelligence and a daughter about to start a degree in social anthropology, Martin and Korinna, his German wife, are on the edge of a new era of possibilities – jazz, psychotherapy, Buddhism, France, Vienna, travel. Whatever next? A biker since 17, Martin plans on taking the corners for another 30 years – at least. Time Banks are a way to link people locally to share their time and skills. Everyone’s time is equal: one hour of your time earns you one time credit to spend when you need a helping hand. As at November 2005, there are over 73 active time banks with 39 in development, involving over 5,000 participants across the UK who have traded nearly a quarter of a million hours hours.

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Board transitions large and small

Martin Farrell discusses board transitions.

Staying connected

Martin Farrell ponders the best way for organisations to stay connected across international borders.

Vive (avec) la difference

Martin Farrell reports on the challenges of sitting on an international board.

A move to international governance

As Martin Farrell prepares to enter the world of international governance he wonders how it might differ from UK boards.

Trustee Exchange 2013

As we return for our sixth year, our theme is ‘challenges shared’, emphasising that Trustee Exchange has always been produced by trustees, for the benefit of trustees, but also for chief executives and company secretaries.

An offer you can refuse

Martin Farrell outlines a potential scenario for parting ways with a CEO.

All ready to go...

Everyone turns up happy and ready to go...to sleep. Martin Farrell reminds trustees of the need to scrutinise the chief executive. 

Kenneth Brannagh, Credit - Georgia Meschini

Collaboration is sometimes the way forward, writes Martin Farrell.

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