Where did we begin? 

A wise man once told me that “your purpose flows from your pain”. (1)

The more I reflect on that statement, and look back on my journey, the more it holds true.  

The turning points in my life have all hinged on feeling disempowered by the organisations I worked for, being frustrated by the lack of support for new ideas and progressive thinking, and a ‘head in the sand’ mentality when it came to the big changes going on all around us.

The contrast I found between my work life and the people and attitudes I encountered at events like the Do Lectures, the tools I learned to use like Design Thinking , and the ideas I found in books and online showed me that another way was possible. I found stories of organisations doing things differently, and a growing appetite and debate on the need for a different approach to business which inspired me. 

I left my corporate career to explore what the future of business could look like, and help aspirational organisations make the transition from ‘business as usual’ to a new model of mission-led enterprise.  

And so from the painful experiences in my life - the frustration, the anger and the disappointment - flows my mission with emergent - to build learning, innovative organisations that empower their people to develop breakthrough ideas, and transform their future.

I hope you’ll join us on the journey.

(1) This wise man in particular - http://www.flowcoacher.com 


During our initial meeting, Matt really took the time to fully understand our business at the same time as evaluating the skill set of the team and exactly what we offer our customers. As a result, Matt was able to play an instrumental role in identifying numerous business development opportunities along with forming the strategy to successfully integrate these and really ‘make them happen’. His positivity, enthusiasm and ideas are enough to drive any business toward greater success as has been the case for us!
— Mark Durnford. Owner, Create Health & Fitness Ltd




Business evolutionist. Design thinker.  Change catalyst. 
Matt is the founder of Emergent. He’s an experienced professional with nearly 20 years of experience across commercial, business development and transformation roles.

His passion is how new and innovative business models can be used to disrupt the status quo and achieve a material or step-change improvement - whether in service delivery excellence, price, sustainability or social impact. 

At the start of his career Matt qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. For full background see his LinkedIn profile.

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