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Mr Christopher Matthews

Mr Christopher Matthews

Innovation, Leadership, Strategy and Management

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My name is Chris Matthews and I am a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head in the ILSM Division based at LBSU Business School. Prior to joining South Bank, I was a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Business Skills, and Course Leader for Global Business MBA at Coventry University London Campus.

I gained my MBA from the University of Hertfordshire in 1991.

Prior to moving into Business, Leadership and Management education, I enjoyed a successful 35 year career creating, developing and running successful multi-national, leading-edge technology businesses, managing operations in the USA, Europe and the Middle East.

Having introduced blended learning delivery into the MBA Curriculum at Coventry University my research interests are in the areas of the effects of technology and simulation-based learning on the student experience, and the provision of business and enterprise education for SME's particularly the family business.

In addition, I am currently in the research phase of my Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) researching theory and practice in a field associated with social justice and inclusive education, namely equality of opportunity for mature students.

I am an evangelist for lifelong learning.

Courses taught

Business Foundation Year

Business Management - BA (Hons)

International Business Management Top-up - BA (Hons)

International Business Management - MSc

Doctor of Education - EdD (currently studying)

London South Bank University


Coventry University

Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

University of Hertfordshire

Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS)

University of East London

ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Leadership Mentoring

Best Practice Network

Senior Lecturer
Coventry University

I was Course Leader for the MBA Global Business, module leader for PG Strategy Module teaching PG Strategy, Academic & Professional Skills and Employability & Consulting Skills modules. Supervising final term Entrepreneurship and Internship students.

Assistant Academy Manager
University Centre Harlow - Harlow College Anglia Ruskin University

Managing the HE MESH (Management, Education, Science and Health) Academy at University Centre Harlow. Leading a team of 17 full and part-time teaching staff delivering a number of Anglia Ruskin Degree and professional qualifications.

Previously managing an academy of 11 teaching staff, educating a cohort of 250+ vocational apprenticeship and full-time learners. Lecturing Post-Graduate Business Studies, Leadership & Management and Business Administration

• Facilitating the merger of two delivery teams

• Planning and implementing a culture of continuous improvement

• Taking two failing teams and leading them to achieve recognised excellence

Non-Executive Director
Princess Alexandra NHS Hospital trust

I was appointed by the Department of Health to the Trust Board of a failing hospital, guiding it through turnaround to financial balance and Foundation Trust application.

• I was Chair of Governance Committee, Patients Council and PPI Steering Group

• Duties included monitoring and auditing the Trust's financial, operational and clinical performance. Providing mentoring and support to Executive Management. Representing the Trust at regional & national level

Other public sector
Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
Microgistix UK Ltd

I managed EMEA start-up as VP Sales, successfully establishing business as the most profitable region. I was appointed Managing Director 1999.

I established relationships with H-P, Apple, Dell, Epson, Canon, Proctor & Gamble, Nationwide, Warner Bros, Fox, Lucas Arts, EA, Sony and many leading software publishers, developers and promotional agencies. Developing and establishing leading edge e-commerce businesses including and during my tenure I delivered year on year revenue & profit growth

• Restructured EMEA business, implemented new commercial structure

FunderYear wonProjectRole
2021ILM Leadership & Management - Coaching and Mentoring Level 5 CertificatePrincipal Investigator
Norfolk & Waveney Enterprise Services Ltd2017Workshops for GLA Funded ProjectPrincipal Investigator