The strategic aim of the board was to support the West Midlands in developing accelerated training courses to support with the digital skills shortages employers across the region were facing, in order to drive continued economic growth.
Matt played a pivotal role in convening industry specialists to identify suitable programmes and drive engagement between employers and training providers. By acting as a critical friend to the Combined Authority, we were able to ensure that programmes were truly fit for purpose and met the requirements of employers. During his time as Chair, over 2500 West Midlands residents secured a positive outcome as a result of completing a programme that he supported to design.
From a financial perspective the WMCA were award £5m initially as a pilot. The success of these programmes has seen a national rollout of funding to the sum of £90m annually, of which the West Midlands has received £33m to date. Without the industry engagement, led by Matt, the region may not have received this level of investment.
Matt lead the Digital Skills Partnership board, set actions that were implemented and contributed to the shaping of future provision. His industry knowledge was an asset on which 100’s of the regions businesses are now benefiting from a talent pool of job ready candidates, having an impact on both residents and businesses alike. ~ I chaired the Digital Skills Partnership Board
The Poetry Archive’s websites and social media were outdated and our visitor numbers dropping when we engaged Matt’s help. From Digital Policy planning right through to tender and delivery of the solution, Matt guided us through an ambitious programme to completely renew, re-design and relaunch our digital resources and social media marketing. By ensuring our whole team, from Trustees to Executive, understood how our digital investments could be more strategically and financially effective, his advice saved us months of work and budget. Since its relaunch in May 2019 our Children’s Poetry Archive has now more than doubled its visitor numbers, and we are delighted to recommend Matt to anyone looking to make their digital services work harder and smarter. ~ I was a Trustee responsible for Digital and Technology.
The mentorship I received from Matt has been pivotal in both my career and personal development. In business he has an exceptional track record of driving significant change; his efforts evident in the companies that have grown significantly under his stewardship and gone on to be acquired. He builds strong teams, nurtures the talents of his people and leads by example. He is extremely generous sharing both his time and experience and providing guidance – all of which gave me the direction I needed and helped me navigate through and achieve my career goals. ~Adam was a coachee
I have really looked forward to my sessions with Matt, he really helped me consider my strengths and weaknesses and how best to develop these going forward. Its been fantastic to create some space to consider my future direction and what I might need to progress. I have really valued his different perspective, feedback and challenge. I would highly recommend working with Matt. ~Ruth was a coachee
Matt has been a significant influence on my life; his wise counsel and wealth of leadership experience have helped transform my career. Matt has shared his experiences, which has aided my growth and understanding of my character, in order to develop not only as a person but as a leader. Matt has introduced me to techniques that were foundational at the start of my management career and remain in place today. ~Neil was a coachee