Like all partners in AHvR, Martin is a product of Maritzburg College (1975). After a year’s national service in Bloemfontein, he studied in Pietermaritzburg and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1983. Articles were served in a forerunner firm of what today is Deloitte. In 1985 he left the profession to take up a position with a former client, one of the bigger manufacturing companies in Pietermaritzburg, ultimately appointed as financial director.
In March 1998 he and Bryan (and 5 staff) established the firm Ash & Hellberg. Martin complements Bryan’s SME skills with his background of the corporate world and large CA practice background. Although he has been actively involved in SMME’s, estate planning and investments, his focus in the firm has been in auditing at all levels, from small bodies corporate to substantial companies.
Martin’s main interest out the office has been in aviation, having obtained his pilot’s license in 1975 followed by Commercial Pilot’s License in 1980. He won the SA Rally Flying Championships in 1994 and represented South Africa at the World Rally Flying Championships in Denmark in 1995. Martin has been a committee man, having served on numerous committees over many years, including Church, schools, publicity association and, since 1982, treasurer of the Pietermaritzburg Aero Club.