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Transformation is evolving. It’s no longer enough to demonstrate a marginal return on investment, and a high-level set of non-tangible benefits. Clients are looking for ways to deliver tangible outcomes for customers, shareholders and achieve their sustainability ambitions, in a cost constrained world.
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Energy sector and government
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Matt has a masters degree in Systems engineering, and he did his dissertation on smart homes in 2003. So, it’s not so surprising that, after working across several industries as a consultant for Accenture, he came to Baringa to focus on the energy sector. As a partner focused on supporting clients through their most complex transformation programmes, he predominantly works in the Energy sector’s retail end, which gives him tangible projects with real-world applications that he was looking for. He loves solving challenges that have a measurable impact on people, like getting accurate industry data so energy suppliers can bill customers for the right amount at the right time. And since energy is so closely tied with infrastructure, Matt’s projects often involve the government and public sector as well.
In a sector trying to come to grips with retaining customer trust, Matt takes an open, direct approach with his clients. He believes that it’s always best to own challenging situations and focus on how you’re going to fix them together. His projects are often large- scale and complex, lasting five years or more, which really gives him the forge deep relationships while working side-by-side and support the long term development of his team. Then, there’s the moment when the job is done – and he can see the impact all those invested hours have on his client and the industry.
One of Matt’s proudest Baringa moments was his work in establishing the Alternative Home Area Network Company (Alt HAN Co.), a collaborative of energy suppliers established to deliver Smart Metering Technology to those ‘hard to reach’ properties in the UK, ensuring that no one gets left behind in the energy transition. This 4 year project saw the company go from policy initiative to operational business. It is seen as a significant enabler to broader energy efficiency and smart technology in the home - circling back, in a way, to the dissertation he had written a decade before.
Matt’s two young children take up the bulk of his time away from work. His family is one of many who used lockdown as a chance to move from the city to the countryside, where they invested in a fixer-upper cottage with an unruly garden. If he had to start again with another career, he would consider being an architect. And since he’s on his fourth home renovation project, the idea’s not too far-fetched.