Matt Pierce

Consultant
  • “It is important to engage with people, not just manage the process”

    Throughout my childhood I spent my summers sailing with my father in North Wales, and having a Grandfather that served in the Royal Navy, it was inevitable that I would begin my career, as a teenager, in the Royal Navy. Working through my apprenticeship as a weapons engineer and finishing my time in the Royal Navy as HMS Ark Royal’s head of Radar engineering section. I served throughout the world across several fleet vessels, as well as completing a tour in Iraq as part of a joint forces counter rocket and mortar artillery battery, CRAM: Op Telic 10, Basra. This background in engineering, engineering management and technical administration set me up well to move into the world of project management, allowing me to have an understanding of the technical challenges that are involved in innovation and technical development. After leaving the Navy I begun working in a project office for ARTTIC as a Project Administrator, supporting Project Managers and Senior Consultants managing European Commission funded R&D projects and proposals. This “ground up” introduction into the world of R&D project management and proposal submission allowed me to have good understanding of the project administration, claim management and technical reporting process’. After 2 years as an Administrator I was promoted to Project Manager in 2014, and given the responsibility of managing several multi million Euro (€) projects under FP7 and H2020, spanning the Maritime, Security and Health sectors.

    With over 5 years’ experience in managing European Commission R&D projects, I joined TBAT at the start of 2017. I will be focussing on the development of the project management portfolio within TBAT, as well as working with the R&D tax credit claims team, utilising my extensive experience in managing the claim and technical reporting processes within R&D projects.

    In my spare time I race with the British Mini Bikes (BMB). Having raced with the championship for several years, in 2015 I was offered the role of Promotions and Marketing manager. I provide an interface between the championship and main stream media, as well as building the championships following across social media.  In this time I have developed links across Europe and even across in the United States, developed junior rider training programs, managed a team that has raced round the streets of Peel during the Isle of Mann TT, and grown the BMB social media reach, during 2017, to over 2.5 Million. The British Mini Bikes is now seen as one the largest and most competitive grass roots motorcycle racing championships in Europe.

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