Consultant Spotlight: Matthew Preston-Jones


06 September 2018


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1. What motivates you?

Consistently being challenged is extremely motivating. I’m lucky with the variety of projects I get to work on, I’m always being stretched and challenged outside of my comfort zone, allowing me to expand my skillset and develop professionally. Striving for that sense of accomplishment when I make that progress is a huge driver for me.

2. How do you handle pressure?

Generally, by trying to maintain a sense of perspective. Although I think what we do is extremely important and can have a massive impact upon people’s lives, I try to re-frame a situation and remember that it’s not a life or death situation.

3. What will change most about the world of work in the next few years?

I imagine advancing technology and the digital revolution will continue to shape the way we communicate and interact with one another in the workplace and allow for greater flexibility in our ways of working as a business.

4. What’s your defining career moment so far?

Working alongside the NHS and Yorkshire Sport on a project examining the benefits of sport and physical activity on those suffering with mental health conditions. It was great to be able to contribute in a small way towards driving exercise as a more recognised method for managing mental health, whilst also occupying a position which enabled me to provide a voice for those experiencing the benefits. Presenting this work back to a senior stakeholder within the NHS was a great experience, and a humbling opportunity to work on a truly impactful project.

5. What book, film or tv show has really changed the way you thought about something?

‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell. It really drove home to me the importance of grasping opportunities when they are presented to you.

6. What’s your favourite sport to business lesson or story?

Probably Dave Brailsford and marginal gains. A 1% improvement in everything you do will collectively create significant improvement. I think this is true no matter what context you apply it to.

7. What makes you proud?

Seeing hard work pay off, especially in something completely out of my comfort zone. It also makes me proud when I’m able to challenge my own assumptions and prove myself wrong. Sometimes I can doubt myself, so when I’m able to counter that with some great feedback, I gain a lot of satisfaction.

8. What makes you angry?

A lack of respect or consideration for others’ perspectives and views.

9. Which leader do you most admire most and why?

Most recently, Gareth Southgate. He’s showcased the importance of fostering the right culture, and creating a clear identity in a team, something which can often be overlooked. Not only that, but to single handedly spark the revival of the waistcoat deserves massive respect!

10. What are your best and worst characteristics?

I often overthink things, which may sometimes lead to some indecisiveness. I would like to think I balance that with my enthusiasm, care and determination to make sure we do a great job for our clients.

11. What would you like to learn and why?

I’d like to learn how to cook properly. My current repertoire of toast, pesto pasta and jacket potato with beans and cheese won’t see me winning MasterChef anytime soon!

12. If you could choose anybody, who would you be for a day?

Someone from a completely different culture and walk of life to me.

13. Who would you like to invite for a dinner party, living or dead?

Brian Clough - Big personality, great humour, and I’d love to hear his take on how he turned my club Derby County into first division champions!

David Attenborough - Some great travel stories and great narration of the evening.

Barack Obama - To learn what’s it like to lead a nation and handle the pressure that brings.

Sachin Tendulkar - Making his debut for India at age 16 and maintaining such a high level of performance from then on is incredible.

Mary Berry - To provide an excellent dessert and sophistication to the evening. 

14. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Never be the smartest person in the room.

15.What would your motto be (if you haven’t already got one)?

‘Know your value’

16. What personal value would you never compromise?


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