Matt Hyde

Chief Executive, The Scout Association

"I wouldn't have got the NUS job were it not for the MBA" says Matt, who graduated with distinction in 2003, and became Chief Executive of the NUS four years later.

Matt's career progression has taken him from student officer to head of the National Union of Students (NUS), and now onto his current post as Chief Executive of The Scout Association. A strong and experienced leader, his achievements have included financial turnaround, an awardwinning programme of governance reform and the development of cutting-edge, digital campaigning; he believes his MBA from Westminster Business School has played a crucial role in his success.

"The MBA gave me enough knowledge and skills to be able to prove myself in a range of different disciplines. That's something very powerful about the MBA – the breadth of disciplines you are working across."

Under his leadership the fortunes of the NUS significantly improved; the organisation moved out of deficit, turnover trebled to £20m with increased profitability, and successful campaigning strategies saved students hundreds of millions of pounds. In 2013 Matt took up his new post at The Scout Association, an organisation with more than 446,000 young members and 110,000 volunteers across the UK.

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