Martin achieved Chartered Financial Planner status in 2007 and was named a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society in 2014.
He is an Accredited Later Life Adviser and Full Member of the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA).
Martin is also responsible for investment management research at Informed Choice and is our media spokesman. He is host of the popular Informed Choice Radio podcast.
“Bamford excels at making even the dullest topics interesting” – Pensions Management
Martin is the author of several bestselling personal finance books and produced his first feature-length documentary in 2014, about the post-war Baby Boomer generation in retirement.
Joined Informed Choice: 2002
Education: The University of Winchester, Winchester Business School, Honours Degree in Business Administration.
Professional qualifications: Chartered Financial Planner, Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, Accredited Later Life Adviser, Full Member of the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA), CII Award in Long Term Care Insurance, CII Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management.
Publications: The Money Tree (Prentice Hall, 2006), Brilliant Investing (Prentice Hall, 2007), How to Retire 10 Years Early (Prentice Hall 2007), Your Money Day (Informed Choice, 2013), Ready, Steady, Retire! (2014), Harriman’s New Book of Investing Rules (2017)
Awards: Expert of the Year (finalist) at the Headlinemoney Awards 2018, Dynamic Planner of the Year 2015, IndieFEST Film Awards Award of Merit 2014, Best Blogger of the Year 2012, Best IFA Individual 2011, Best Social Media IFA 2011.
Alternative career path: Adventure photographer.
Outside of work: Married to Becky, a primary school teacher. Father to Megan, Lottie and Ryan. Enjoys photography, kayaking and the Great Outdoors. Run Director at Cranleigh parkrun, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce vice chairman, Knowle Park Trust chairman and Cranleigh in Bloom chairman.