The Japan Society

Martin Hatfull (Deputy Chair)

Martin is a public affairs professional with in-depth experience of Asia from both the public and private sectors. He spent most of his earlier career as a UK diplomat, serving twice in Japan, first in the 1980s and latterly as Minister (Deputy Head of Mission) from 2003-2008. He was subsequently Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste and the first UK Ambassador accredited to ASEAN (2008-11).

In 2013 Martin joined Diageo plc, the FTSE top-ten global drinks company. As International Public Affairs Director, he was responsible for public policy issues globally and for advice to the Chairman and CEO on political risk, including in respect of the company’s major businesses across Asia. Since 2018 Martin has been a Senior Adviser to Kreab Worldwide, the international communications and public affairs company, which has a significant business in Japan. He also has his own advisory practice.

Martin is Chair of the Anglo-Indonesian Society, a Trustee of the City and Guilds of London Art School and a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group. He is married with two grown-up sons and enjoys walking, the visual arts and playing with his granddaughter.