Director General, Digital and Media Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
As DG for Digital and Media Policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matthew's mission is to equip the nation with the skills and technology it needs to create tomorrow’s world-leading digital businesses, and to make sure everyone can enjoy the benefits of modern technology. He takes a prominent role in:
- making sure the UK has the world-class connectivity it needs
- supporting British companies with access to infrastructure and technology
- helping build digital ecosystems where bright ideas can become successful companies
- equipping British people with the skills they need to flourish in a digital world
- reducing the number of people excluded from the digital economy to help create an economy that works for all
- working to create an innovation-friendly and cyber-secure country.
In his previous role as British ambassador to Israel, Matthew set up the UK Israel tech hub, which laid the foundations for the UK and Israel’s powerful tech relationship. He was also the Government’s Director of Cyber Security at the Cabinet Office, focussed on keeping Britain safe from cyber attack.
In his earlier career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, his final posting was as British Ambassador to Israel from 2010 to 2015, where he set up the UK/Israel Tech Hub to forge links between British and Israeli companies in technology. He also set up the UK/Israel Sciences Council and a major programme of collaboration in regenerative medicine.
He had previously served as Principal Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the Foreign Secretary (both David Miliband and William Hague). Before that he worked briefly as Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs for Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown in Downing Street. He was Robin Cook's speechwriter from 1997 to 1999.
He has done four other diplomatic postings overseas – Washington, Tehran, Islamabad and Manila.