Matthew is Deputy Chief Executive of Innovation Unit – working closely with our Board and team of Directors to build our business and maximise our impact.
Matthew works with local systems and places to grow and scale innovative solutions that improve outcomes and reduce costs. He currently leads our contribution to the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme for the Department for Education – a multi-million pound programme to revolutionise children’s social care. Matthew is also part of the team working with the mental health system in Lambeth to transform outcomes and reduce costs.
Matthew has been a key architect of some of our flagship projects and programmes. He developed our Radical Efficiency programme – innovations that are radically different, deliver significantly better outcomes, and are significantly lower cost. He also led People Powered Health, our programme in partnership with Nesta that applies coproduction to the management of long term health conditions, which demonstrated potential cost savings for the NHS of 7%. Matthew has led national innovation programmes for the NHS and local authorities and spent the last 20 years developing new solutions to social problems that are asset based, grounded in coproduction, and build personal agency.
Before joining Innovation Unit Matthew worked in government at the Department for Education and Cabinet Office, and at the Design Council, Participle and Demos.
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.
Remind me — what is it that you do?
Innovation Unit creates new solutions for thriving societies. To be clear about what this means we need to be clear about the impact we hope and expect to see in the world.
Adult mental health
In Lambeth they have seized the opportunity to transform the mental health care system.