After graduating from Sussex University in 1988 with a BSC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Matt embarked on a career in telecoms. His first position (9 years) was with GPT (GEC/Plessey) Video Systems, a manufacturer of video-conferencing equipment. He worked first as a hardware developer before focusing on the software side. He then spent four years with a Boston based company, Videoserver (later eZenia), developing video-conferencing hubs and servers before joining Cisco Systems, the internet giant. At Cisco, Matt spent 15 years as a software architect, specializing in identity, security and network access.
"After a fulfilling career in telecoms, I was ready a new challenge and have always had an interest in education. Having coached a team of 9-11 year olds to regional success in the First Lego League robotics competition for the last two years, and with children of my own aged 8 and 10, I am constantly amazed at the enthusiasm and capacity of this age group for hands-on learning. With its emphasis on practical application at every step, the BizSchool program is able to harness this to great effect. I strongly believe it is important to demystify the world of business as early as possible as I have known a number of experienced professionals with promising ideas who were so intimidated by the prospect of a solo venture that they ultimately chose not to pursue it".