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Matt has been with FOCUS since joining the organisation as a volunteer way back in 1995. He first joined the staff team as a part-time workshop coordinator in February 1996, before managing projects for six years. This included delivering in excess of 70 residential events and coordinating management training programmes for businesses such as Glaxo Smith Kline, BT, and Mars Pedigree.

In 2003, he was appointed as Director and has led the organisation through significant changes, whilst maintaining its core ethos and values. Despite facing challenging economic times, FOCUS has flourished and has developed an enviable reputation for its unique and powerful projects and services for young people.

In 2020, his title changed to Chief Executive. He now heads FOCUS’ Leadership Team, with specific responsibility for strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and policy development.

“My role is hugely varied at FOCUS and no two days are the same. I think that’s what keeps it so enjoyable and challenging. I have always loved working with young people. They bring so much energy, enthusiasm and optimism into our organisation and my passion for providing an environment in which they can thrive has never diminished.”