Martin Devenish MBE

Martin Devenish

Current position: Board Member of S-RM, formerly known as Salamanca Risk Management

Course: BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1986


This mentor may be of interest to students of accounting and finance, economics, enterprise and those with an interest in banking, investment, finance and the City.


A 25 year veteran of the city with 22 years’ experience at one of the preeminent global investment banks, Goldman Sachs. Martin has been in leadership roles since the late 90s, being promoted to MD in 1999 and Partner in 2002, and is an effective manager of product, leader of people and architect and executioner of strategy. Martin has leadership experience in both growing and declining markets and in the last 18 months has had first-hand experience of both working in and managing an entrepreneurial, privately owned SME. 

Martin is currently a Board Member of S-RM an Intelligence, Risk consulting and Cyber Security Company formed after an MBO from Salamanca Group in November 2015 (Martin was part of a small team that led the MBO). The company operates across the globe with key offices in London, Cape Town, Rio, New York, HK and Geneva and combines business intelligence and risk consulting to help its clients understand the risks to their business and identify and implement the most effective means of mitigation. As a member of the Board, Martin has oversight of the business with day to day responsibility for Business Development and sales.

Martin has also been a member on the University of Birmingham’s Governing Council since 2011 and is an active supporter of a number of charitable organisations. Martin was awarded MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2017 for services to Education both in the UK and overseas.

Quotes from mentees

  • Having had quite a bit of strategy consulting experience, I was now hoping to get an insight into the world of investment banking and was hoping that Martin would be the perfect mentor for this – so far he has been.
  • So far my expectations have been fully met and sometimes exceeded, and I am looking forward to seeing Martin again.
  • What I liked about Martin as a mentor was he started off saying ‘my aim as a mentor is too meet your expectations as a mentee and I will try and help you in any way that I can,’ this was extremely encouraging and very relieving.