Strategic advisor // 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.

He is fascinated by how new and innovative business models can be used to disrupt the status quo, and transform the future of organisations.  He left his 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. 

His mission with emergent is to help build learning, innovative organisations that empower their people to develop breakthrough ideas, and transform their future.

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





We have found working with Matt has given us a new perspective on the issues the organisation faces. As well as the benefits of approaching business planning in a new way, we have found the type of interactions we had with Matt have been stimulating, affirming, increasing our confidence and resilience.
— Joanna Holmes, Chief Executive, Barton HIll Settlement
Combining enthusiasm with a sound understanding of business, Matt has given us the support and tools to help direct and grow our Company in the way we want. With so many growth options, Matt helped us to clearly quantify each opportunity and thus make the right decisions, both for now and for the future.
— Will Thomas, Product Director, AMX Solutions
After two years of change caused by a merger and rebrand, we knew we needed to make some big and bold decisions about our future. We worked with Matt to bring objectivity in designing our new strategy, and to engage and challenge our team.

Matt worked with us for four months in a very collaborative and inclusive manner. He intuitively ‘got us’ and his overall approach reflected this, adapting easily to work at all levels of our organisation.

His methodology was clearly mapped out from the outset, and this was incredibly reassuring to reflect upon in regular reviews. His pace throughout was faultless, calm and helpfully injected with much needed good humour.

The difficult decisions soon became welcome, and we now look to our future with clarity, excitement and determination.
— Eilis Rainsford, Chief Executive, Step One
Having Matt coach our business has been amazing. His expertise, advice and support has empowered the company to develop and grow beyond what we thought we would ever be able to achieve. His understanding of both business and social impact goes hand in hand and we can’t thank him enough for his belief and contributions to this exciting phase of our company
— Krystal Keeley, Director, Unique Voice CIC
Matt worked with us to deliver a first business plan and financial model for our start-up social enterprise, and the result was crucial in us securing some early financing to start to scale up. Matt brought enthusiasm and positivity in addition to his impressive knowledge, experience and skills and he really ‘gets’ our innovative approach. We look forward to continuing to work with Matt as we go to the next level.
— Dermot O'Regan, Director and Co-founder, Grow Bristol CIC
Matt joined our enterprise-wide transformation project when we were at a crossroads. He quickly got under the skin of the challenges we faced, and was instrumental in forming a plan for action. By bringing new ideas and energy to the team he helped put us back on the road to sustainable growth and service improvement.
— Business Transformation Director, FTSE 250 business