I met Matt at the end of March 2019 and within a mere month had placed him on a small board – that’s really fast for a successful match within a month!
Matt was very open-minded about the experience he wanted to gain, but naturally wanted to use his experience as a CEO as well as his expertise in marketing and PR. He wanted to experience a young business that was looking to scale, but also to work with a highly experienced Chair – and we found the ideal match with Leslie Hurst and a board he chairs, M2A Media.
With any match there are several aspects to consider; experience, expertise on both sides and of course the right personality fit.
Working with Matt his keenness to learn as well as share was very important for this match to work. Meeting Leslie I could see straight away that his open approach, and real willingness to want to support a senior executive with the next stage of their career, would ensure this could work well. And it did.
How has this experience helped Matt?
I was not only the match-maker for Matt, but also his coach. After a period of time, Matt decided to change his career and so we focused on how to make the transition from corporate executive to running his own business. The coaching looked at what’s it like at running your own business (something I have done for the last 20 years), what networks to build and, as important, how to change your brand from working with a highly recognised brand to that of a sole trader.
It has been a real pleasure to watch, and be part of, the change and growth in Matt over the 12 months and he has certainly made a brilliant transition.