Introducing our new Young Director: Matt Beveridge

On April 27, we announced that we would be recruiting a ‘Young Director’. The role was created in 2014 to inject some youth and fresh perspective into our existing board, but also to provide a development opportunity for a young person. Ruth Corrall was trialled as our first Young Director for two years and the experience was mutually successful. Ruth talks about her experiences of being Young Director here.

The purpose of the role is to support the Chair in establishing and maintaining a well-connected and respected organisation through the leadership, policy and good governance functions of the Board, both collectively and individually.

There was a huge amount of interest in the role with 20 applications. After shortlisting four excellent candidates were invited to interview and deliver a presentation at the SWM office. Candidates were asked about their background, hopes for the position and what they could bring to the Young Director role.

Matt Beveridge, Deputy Manager – Contracts and Engagement at the University of Birmingham, delivered an impressive interview and was named our new Young Director. Talking about the role, Matt says:

I’m delighted to join the board at SWM as a young director. I’m excited to learn and build on the knowledge I’ve acquired to date through my role at the University of Birmingham. In particular, I’m keen to share ideas and collaborate with businesses to develop new, innovative sustainability solutions that deliver shared benefit to the region. The West Midlands is attracting lots of investment and SWM have a crucial role to play, delivering sustainability advice and support to business leaders. Being part of this board is a rare opportunity that offers invaluable experience for aspiring leaders and I cannot wait to get started.’

Thanks to his professional experience, Matt contributes experience of engaging all stakeholders in the benefits of reuse and recycling. He also vows to maintain a strong commitment to collaboration and knowledge transfer.

We’re delighted to see that Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has recently appointed Sophie Drake as their Non-Executive Director for Young People.

SWM encourage other organisations across the West Midlands to recruit a Young Director. We hope that the skills and leadership qualities gained from this position go some way to addressing the productivity gap recently highlighted in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Science and Innovation Audit (SIA)  There is also great potential for Young Directors to become part of the Mayor’s Mentors scheme currently being developed by Andy Street to provide young people with invaluable life skills.

Contact SWM on 0121 237 5890 or enquiries@swm.org.uk to find out more about our Young Director role.