Duncan Matthews MBE
Duncan combines 25 years experience in the Royal Navy, as a ship commander and helicopter pilot, with 7 years as a business development director and account manager in a large telecommunications company. His recent commercial experience is underpinned with comprehensive leadership and management skills gained in the military, multi-national NGO, maritime and aviation fields.
Duncan began his naval career as a ship's navigator and warfare officer before specialising in aviation as a Lynx helicopter pilot. Serving in warships deployed around the world, he was ultimately responsible for the operational practices and standards of the aircraft embarked in the Type 23 frigates. Participating in several Middle Eastern skirmishes, he also spent a year leading a multi-national team of sailors and marines working with the United Nations in Cambodia. Back in the UK, he assumed command of an offshore patrol vessel before moving to Dartmouth to instruct leadership and management at the Royal Naval College. He obtained an MA in Defence Studies and went on to command the 13 ships of the UK's Offshore Patrol Squadron. These ships provide a constant presence in the UK's Economic Exclusion Zone to regulate international fishing activity, monitor maritime immigration and maintain a vigil against terrorist and drug related activities. A further position in aviation as the lead officer on the Fleet Air Arm Capabilities desk in the Ministry of Defence completed a comprehensive first career.
Throughout his time in the Royal Navy, Duncan was responsible for maintaining operational excellence and conducting and assessing a wide range of continuity and remedial training in the maritime and aviation domains. Transitioning into the corporate sector, he has successfully applied his leadership and communication skills to accommodate the 'bottom-line' pressures that demand efficiency yet frequently defy the down time to implement appropriate measures.
Duncan is an alumnus of Manchester Business School, a Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute and an Accredited Mediator through the London School of Mediation. He maintains an active interest in flying, sailing and mountain biking.
“If I were asked to define leadership, I should say it is the projection of personality.
It is the most intensely personal thing in the world because it is just plain you.”
KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC, KStJ