Hey there, I'm Matthew👋

I help people discover and develop their unique worth, turn unspecified struggle into tractable problems, and feel resourced to make the kind of change they most want.

I'm a consultant systems developer, mentor, facilitator, speaker and author. My work is all about how we develop and use our exceptional talents and get exciting new ideas into the world. 

I specialise in working with people who think and feel differently to most; in helping develop the abilities that come with that and building the support needed to thrive.

I often work with neurodivergent professionals, academics and entrepreneurs. I also work with the individuals and organisations that understand the huge value we offer the world.

There are lots of different ways you can work with me. If you'd like to find out more then you can also book a short video call with me to explore how we might work together.

Recent blog posts

Making yourself understood

One of the biggest challenges neurodivergent people face, both in our work and personal lives, is being properly understood by others. This is particularly true when we have autism and/or ADHD. In this livestream I talk about: - The different ways this difficulty shows up and how it affects

DisabilityPlatform with Arash Andalibi-Abadan

A few weeks ago I had a really interesting conversation with Arash Andalibi-Abadan for his podcast, DisabilityPlatform. We talk about neurodiversity, work, tech, and the effect of 'invisible' disabilities. You can find the podcast version of this, and other episodes of Disability Platform, on the podcast page.

Retaining neurodivergent employees

There's been some good progress made on neurodivergent recruitment, but it's not always a good thing to be recruited into somewhere you're not supported. In this livestream I talk about: * Why workplace neurodiversity goes beyond recruitment * The practical and structural barriers neurodivergent people face,

Articles and appearances

Now I've got this nice shiny new website, I'll be adding anything public I've written or recorded as a post. Here's a few of my old things carried over from the previous website

Neurodiversity and context

This might not seem quite so obvious as some of my other topics, but for me, thinking about context explains a huge amount of neurodivergent experience. In this talk I explore: * Why context is so important * How it shows up for neurodivergent people * What context means for the value of

Neurodiversity and trauma

There's a lot to untangle between neurodiversity and trauma. In this livestream I will: * Share my own preferred explanation. * Explore some of the experiences that can lead to neurodivergent trauma. * Speak about what this means for how we think about neuro-inclusive work and workplaces. Content warning: This talk

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Latest Delightful Dissent episodes

Delightful Dissent - Ep. 40 - Doing it wrong?

With Kendra Patterson Recorded live at 05:00 PM on Tuesday 16 November 2021 Doing it wrong0:00/64:261× Have you ever struggled to do things the same way as everyone else? Even when you know your way works for you, and works well, people insist you do it

Delightful Dissent - Ep. 39 - Driven to create?

With Christopher Dines Recorded live at 12:00 PM on Wednesday 20 October 2021 Driven to create0:00/64:251× It seems like creative people have a vision, then single-mindedly set about making it reality. But what if not all creativity looks like this? What if sticking to a linear

Delightful Dissent - Ep. 38 - Safe to play?

With Troels Andersen-Kjaer Recorded live at 12:00 PM on Tuesday 12 October 2021 Safe to play0:00/63:481× We can't stop and mess about when there's important work to be done. We can only play when there won't be negative consequences. But

Delightful Dissent - Ep. 37 - Doing things the hard way?

With Helen Read Recorded live at 04:00 PM on Wednesday 06 October 2021 Doing things the hard way0:00/63:271× Ever been told you're doing things the hard way? Do you feel your jaw clench when you hear a sentence beginning with "why don'

Delightful Dissent - Ep. 36 - You've got to have a system?

With Andrew Hugill Recorded live at 12:00 PM on Thursday 16 September 2021 You ve got to have a system0:00/66:021× Without having a way to understand the world - a system - we feel lost. Other people expect us to have a system which makes sense

Delightful Dissent - Ep. 35 - You think with your brain?

With Elizabeth Arifien Recorded live at 12:00 PM on Tuesday 07 September 2021 You think with your brain0:00/61:431× Ever struggled to figure something out whilst sat still? Ever tried to learn something physical but found your brain getting in the way? We're told that

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