Matt is a coach, catalyst and trainer, helping leaders to navigate complex change. He coaches teams to apply principles of complexity, emergence and living systems through a range of consultancy assignments.
Recent projects include supporting innovation in children’s social care, in particular the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme which seeks to redesign support to adolescents on the edge of care and the leadership role of social workers, and advice to The Health Foundation in tackling the wider determinants of health.
Matt is a former executive director of a local authority, and has led 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. 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.
Innovations in children’s social care
The care system can be transformative, giving young people and their families the support they need at the most difficult points in their lives. But too many young people have a poor experience of the system and poor long-term outcomes, leaving care without the skills, relationships or emotional stability to ready them for adulthood.
A new care model for older people
In partnership with PPL, Innovation Unit are working with West London CCG to refine and develop a new integrated care service called My Care, My Way.
Scaling up innovation requires action at multiple levels
A new research report looks at ways to ensure the successful uptake of innovations in healthcare to relieve the NHS’ financial and operational pressures, say Will Walburton and David Albury.