Matthew Taylor


Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA – formerly the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). He was previously General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Institute for Public Policy Research, Britain’s leading think tank. Prior to that, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to Tony Blair during his tenure at No.10.

As Director of Policy for The Labour Party, Matthew played an integral part in the campaign that led to Labour’s 1997 landslide. During the campaign, Matthew and his team worked to create a party prepared to address negative preconceptions and to define a future strategy. He also helped lead root-and-branch change in the party and its structure, from marketing communications to identifying key issues amongst the electorate. He was at the forefront of New Labour’s drive to deliver its manifesto.

In over a decade heading the RSA, Matthew has steered the 250-year-old organisation to new successes with more research and innovation, new routes to support the initiatives of its 28,000 Fellows (including crowdfunding), and has established a global platform for their ideas.

After studying sociology Matthew completed his Masters in industrial relations and was employed by a teachers’ union. He was elected to Warwickshire County Council serving as chair of the school’s committee. After a time as Director of a health policy research unit, he was employed as a research fellow at Warwick Business School’s Local Government Centre, where his research covered the effect of European integration on public services and the strategic management of political change in local government.

In a rare example of cross-party work, Matthew was appointed by Theresa May to lead a review into UK workers’ rights with particular reference to the gig economy and zero-hours contracts. A regular media commentator on issues around policy, politics, and public service reform, Matthew frequently appears on Newsnight, The Daily Politics, and Radio 4’s Today and The Moral Maze as well as writing for the Guardian and the Local Government Chronicle.

To book Matthew Taylor as the politics speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When he’s at corporate events, Matthew is known to cover the following topics:

  • The Labour Party
  • Labour Politics
  • Brexit & The EU
  • Research & Innovation
  • Think Tanks
  • UK Economy