Hull City Council
Matt is Chief Executive & Head of Paid Service of Hull City Council, having been appointed in 2015. This followed his first move into the public sector, as Chief Operating Officer at Hull City Council, in December 2013.
Matt has overseen significant transformation at the Council since he took over, including the implementation of the very ambitious Hull City Plan, which he initially supported as a private sector partner, and which has currently catalysed over £3bn of public and private sector investment and created over 4,000 jobs. Matt was also responsible for the Council’s delivery of Hull’s hugely successful year as UK City of Culture in 2017 and leads on its delivery legacy through his leadership on the City Plan and the city’s £250m capital investment programme.
Matt Chairs the Hull Place-Based Board, developing and delivering on public sector partnership and cooperation across the city, and is a founder member of the Hull Business Leadership Board, focussed on bringing business and council priorities together to deliver inward investment and job creation opportunities. He was a founder member of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and is a past Chair of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping. He is a Trustee of Absolutely Cultured Ltd, the culture company formed from Hull 2017, the creative delivery company for the major events during Hull’s City of Culture year, and was on the Board of Hull 2017 itself. He is also a Lay Member of Council at the University of Hull and the Deputy Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Chief Executives Group.
Matt has led the Council to a number of recent awards, including success in the 2019 LGC Awards, where Hull City Council won the Driving Growth Award, and the 2019 MJ Awards, where Matt’s team won the Senior Leadership Team award.
Prior to working in the public sector, Matt worked for 20 years in the private sector, mainly in the ports and logistics sector, where he undertook a number of roles throughout the UK for Associated British Ports, the UKs largest port operator (FTSE 250 at the time) who own and operate 21 ports and terminals around the UK. This culminated in 8 years as a Director of ABP and as Port Director for the ports of Hull & Goole, including responsibility for Humber Estuary Services (the Competent Harbour Authority for the Humber Estuary – the largest ports complex in the UK). During this time, he instigated and led on over £400m of projects, most notably the Green Port Hull scheme which eventually delivered a £330m investment by Siemens and ABP in a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant and offshore wind loadout facility at Hull’s Alexandra Dock. He was awarded the Yorkshire Post’s Green Champion Award in 2011 for his work on this project.
Matt holds a First Class Honours degree in Marine Studies from the University of Plymouth, being awarded the RICS Land Surveyors Division Prize on graduation, and is an Hydrographer by training, having commenced his working life in the Royal Navy.