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Biography

I am a Dad and husband. My son is 5 and we live down in Devon.

I trained as a product design engineer in Glasgow, but then moved into local government, then into a charity. I was with Exeter Community Initiatives for 8 years, running it for 4 as the chief executive. I have since worked supporting the NHS with the SW AHSN, worked in social investment and now lead POP+ a charity in Plymouth that supports the growth and capacity of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

I am very interested in how the health and care system can shift away from a predominately paternalistic view of health to one that is more about empowerment. I believe there must be a balance between the two approaches and also believe it will take great effort to get there.


Blog posts

  • Building blocks of change

    This blog is part of a series of reflections by the Re-imagining Healthcare SIG. Here Matthew Bell summarises the building blocks for change he thinks is needed at organisations move to dynamic and collective structures of control, authority and assurance.

  • Learning from real life: a story of change and challenge from the South West

    This blog is the start of a series of reflections from the Reimagining Health and Care SIG. In this first installment Matthew Bell candidly shares the challenges of moving to a networked organisational structure and some hard personal lessons learned.

  • Tension 1 – pace vs patience

    This blog is part of a series of reflections by the Re-imagining Healthcare SIG. Here Matthew Bell shares his thoughts about the first of six 'tensions' that surfaced during his efforts to create organisational change.

  • Tension 2 – organisational vs team or individual starting points

    This blog is part of a series of reflections by the Re-imagining Healthcare SIG. Here Matthew Bell shares his thoughts about the second of six 'tensions' that surfaced during his efforts to create organisational change.

  • Tension 3 – starting with problems vs starting with strengths

    This blog is part of a series of reflections by the Re-imagining Healthcare SIG. Here Matthew Bell shares his thoughts about the third of six 'tensions' that surfaced during his efforts to create organisational change.

  • Tension 4 – permission vs stepping in

    This blog is part of a series of reflections by the Re-imagining Healthcare SIG. Here Matthew Bell shares his thoughts about the fourth of six 'tensions' that surfaced during his efforts to create organisational change.

  • Tension 5 – uncertainty vs wellbeing (getting the stretch just right)

    This blog is part of a series of reflections by the Re-imagining Healthcare SIG. Here Matthew Bell shares his thoughts about the fifth of six 'tensions' that surfaced during his efforts to create organisational change.

  • Tension 6 – status & control vs listening to everyone

    This blog is part of a series of reflections by the Re-imagining Healthcare SIG. Here Matthew Bell shares his thoughts about the last of six 'tensions' that surfaced during his efforts to create organisational change.


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