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Matthew Rhodes

Board Director for Stimulating Innovation

Matthew is chair of Energy Capital, which is the body responsible to the Mayor and Combined Authority in the West Midlands for development and delivery of the regional energy strategy. Energy Capital is working to develop more effective institutional models for regional engagement in the rapidly changing UK energy system. In particular it aims to support clean, inclusive growth across the West Midlands by securing greater local control over the £8bn a year spent on energy and energy infrastructure by the citizens and businesses of the region.

Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, and has spent most of the last 15 years building and running a small business in the West Midlands, working extensively on low carbon innovation projects nationally and internationally.

Matthew studied engineering, economics and management at Oxford and environmental policy and philosophy at Cambridge. He is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He spent the first half of his career working in manufacturing and R&D management internationally for Unilever, and subsequently in management consultancy for PA Consulting Group and Hay Group.

Matthew has worked extensively with universities in the UK, Europe and US on collaborative innovation projects. He is an independent industrial member of the EPSRC College of Peers and regularly sits on UK government and EU funding panels to allocate R&D funding. He’s currently an Honorary Research Fellow in Energy Policy at Exeter University and is a non-executive director of an arts charity and social housing partnership in Birmingham.


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