Matthew Gould

Chief Executive Officer at Zoological Society of London

CEO at the Zoological Society of London
Policy Leaders Fellow Alumnus, Centre for Science and Policy

In 2022, Matthew Gould became the Cheif Executive Officer of the Zoological Society of London, having been the CEO of NHSX (a joint unit between the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS England) since 2019. At the head of NHSX, Gould was responsible for setting the national technology agenda for healthcare, and overseeing digital transformation in the NHS.

Previously, as DG for Digital and Media Policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Matthew's mission was 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.

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.

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.