Matthew Bowcock was until recently Chairman of UK Community Foundations. He is a trustee of the Beacon Awards and a member of the Big Society Capital advisory board. Matthew was a founding director of Localgiving.com and a member of the Philanthropy Review Board. In 2012 he authored a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport called “Digital Giving in the Arts – Democratising Philanthropy.” He has been appointed a trustee of Watts Gallery.
His background is in technology entrepreneurship, company start-up and investment, international marketing and company directorship. After a Law degree Matthew worked for international technology companies before setting up a software business in 1989, the first of several businesses he has established in Australia, the US and the UK.
In 2000 Matthew established The Hazelhurst Trust, a private family trust, and since 2005 has focused his energies on developing a new culture of engaged philanthropy in Britain. He holds no other public appointments.
Term of appointment: 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2017