Matt is also a Lead Expert in open innovation for URBACT, a European exchange and learning programme which enables cities to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges, reaffirming the key role they play in facing increasingly complex societal changes. On their behalf he is leading a multi-city project to develop open innovation approaches to a range of challenging social issues.
Matt is a former executive director of a local authority, most recently leading a whole-organisation change programme to move his local authority towards a model founded on principles of engagement and enhanced citizen participation. He has led innovative service design projects, such as the Life Programme, working with families with complex needs, and has a particular interest in user-led engagement and design.
His expertise in engagement and community organising is further enhanced through his role as a director of social action charity Re:generate, the training partner for the Cabinet Office-led Community Organiser Programme. He is an experienced and qualified project and programme manager.
Matt has wide experience of change leadership and has advised local government, health and third sector organisations in the establishment and implementation of complex change programmes. He has a deep understanding of change management approaches and focusses particularly on change readiness; supporting organisations and partnerships to understand their context, capabilities and capacity in order to implement change successfully. He is currently supporting organisations through the Leadership Centre's Local Vision partnership with Public Health England to promote the principles and practice of system leadership.
As Director of Inspections at the Audit Commission, Matt worked across the public sector in understanding public services and advising local leaders on opportunities for change. His experience in Whitehall as a policy expert adds to his broad experience of public policy issues over twenty years.