CEO, Scottish Family Business Association
Martin Stepek has a diverse portfolio career covering business, literature, politics, mental wellbeing, and Scottish-polish relationships.
Born in 1959 Martin graduated from Strathclyde in 1981 with a law degree, a post-graduate diploma in legal practice, and a blue for his performances with the Scottish University's football team. From 1981 Martin was co-owner, and from 1987 to 2002 a director of the Scotland Top 500 business J. Stepek Ltd famous for their groundbreaking cult TV adverts with fellow retailers Glens, Hutchison and Robertsons.
Martin co-founded the Scottish Family Business Association in 2006 to bring global best practices for family businesses to Scotland. In 2011 he won the prestigious UK Family Business Ties lifetime award for services to family businesses.
He teaches mindfulness, a set of mental wellbeing and training practices approved by the NHS as a treatment for depression and anxiety, and a method by which emotional intelligence and compassion is cultivated. He facilitates free sessions on mindfulness at the University of the West of Scotland's Hamilton campus on Tuesday evenings, and is currently developing an online mindfulness product as a global commercial and a philanthropic service.
A published poet, his English-Polish bilingual volume on the death by starvation of his Polish grandmother, For There is Hope was awarded the USA-Canada Pinnacle prize for best bilingual book by the North American Book Entrepreneurs in the Spring of 2013.
Martin was the Scottish Green Party’s leader in 2003-04 and took part in government coalition talks between the SNP and the Greens in 2007. He occasional writes a blog on political and social matters but is no longer actively involved in party politics.
Finally Martin researches and promotes awareness of Polish-Scottish historical, heritage, artistic, tourist and commercial links and has a particular desire to see close relationships built between Scotland his family's place of origin, Podkarpacie in south-eastern Poland.