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Innovation and Business Strategy Consultant, looking to help organisations grow through innovation and digital transformation


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Monday May 04, 2020

About Matt

Over the last 20 years I’ve worked in a number of roles in the technology industry, primarily in a business development capacity with global organisations, small businesses, start-ups and academia, to inspire creative thinking, establish and develop strategic alliances, design and deliver innovation initiatives, and accelerate commercial growth opportunities.

Most recently, I worked in a dedicated innovation team where I was responsible for the successful planning and delivery of the Mi-IDEA Innovation Centre in Manchester, created an innovation operations practice, and served as Project Director for 5G RuralFirst, a 30-partner, £9.6m co-innovation project supported by DCMS.

I’m now consulting independently, advising organisations on innovation strategy, and helping shape and deliver innovation programmes. I’m passionate about supporting start-ups and small businesses grow and succeed, and enjoy mentoring and coaching a number of companies as they scale up their businesses.

Current Role Details

Advising a number of organisations on business and innovation strategy on a short-term basis.

Roles & Results

CISCO - 5G RuralFirst Project Director

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Requirements / Actions
Directed the delivery of 5G RuralFirst, a 30-partner, £9.6m government-funded co-innovation project
Delivery and Achievements
Successful project completion, showcasing the opportunity for 5G to create new business models in sectors including agriculture, renewable energy, media and tourism

CISCO - UKI Head of Innovation

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Requirements / Actions
Developed and implemented an innovation strategy for idea generation through to delivery and commercialisation, and a dedicated operations function to support it
Delivery and Achievements
Streamlined innovation process that enabled better customer engagement, and allowed scaling across Europe

CISCO - Innovation Business Development Manager

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Requirements / Actions
Managed the end-to-end planning, design and delivery of the centre, including contract negotiations, budget planning, centre design, marketing, start-up engagement, and support and growth programmes
Delivery and Achievements
Successfully planned and delivered Cisco’s second UK Innovation Centre, Mi-IDEA


Industry Experience

  • Business Services
  • Automotive
  • Retail and Consumer
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Regional Experience



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