Matt Leach

Matt is CEO of Local Trust, a Lottery-endowed charity pursuing a radical decade-long experiment which has committed £1.1m of funds to each of 150 “left behind” communities across England, with no strings attached other than that all decisions on how the money is spent must be made by local residents working together to improve their local area. Prior to joining Local Trust, Matt led social housing innovation agency HACT, spent time as a director at the – briefly notorious – Red Tory think tank ResPublica and held a range of senior leadership roles in central government and the wider public sector, including as private secretary to then Housing Minister Nick Raynsford, CEO of civil society funder Capacitybuilders and Executive Director at social housing investment agency the Housing Corporation.