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Matthew Rowlands


Matthew leads in the conception and delivery of issues-based campaigns and strategic communications. He works with organisations spanning the public and private sectors – from founder-led start-ups and top-tier VCs to NGOs and industry bodies – to translate complex, challenging ideas into campaigns that resonate.

He has strong experience in deeptech, which includes our work with quantum pioneers M Squared, robotics firm Tharsus, and data specialists WANdisco. He also leads our relationship with One Young World, the global community for young leaders whose annual gathering was described by VICE as “the world’s biggest and most impactful youth leadership Summit”. Through our work with Innovate Finance, he also led the media programme for the Kalifa Review, the independent strategic review of the UK’s Fintech sector.

He plays a central role in our MissionLab service, which works with senior leadership teams to equip clients with a new narrative and brand positioning that shapes corporate strategy. 

His time at Seven Hills included a lengthy secondment in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he built the media profile for the firm’s US clients.

An experienced former journalist, Matthew was based in Beirut, Lebanon, where he reported for The Associated Press and was a desk editor at The Daily Star – one of the Middle East’s leading dailies. He read Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and holds an MA in Middle Eastern Politics from SOAS

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Chapter 1 outlines the concept of mission and how the breakthrough brands of today have succeeded by building a mission that inspires belief, generates a following and instils a purpose beyond profit.