“Matt delivered a really empowering workshop for us, a group of independent school Heads. It caused us to pause, reflect and consider how we lead ourselves in terms of our personal well-being before leading others in our schools. His delivery is compassionate, good-humoured and uncompromising in terms of the need to put well-being at the heart of all you do. I thoroughly recommend Matt to any team looking to develop clarity and connection around leadership resilience”.
President - Regional Delivery
“I have had the pleasure to hear Matt speak at two events now, on both occasions he captured the audience's interest and enthusiasm with his story telling and very relevant examples. The exercise where he asks everyone to assess their well being in the four different areas really makes one think about truly getting good work – life balance and what we need to do as leaders to ensure our organisations encourage this. Similarly, his approach to leadership by developing strong coaching and mentoring skills is a topic that all those who have responsibility for people should embrace. Engaged, inspired people certainly do create more successful organisations but also ones where people love to come to work. Matt inspired me and the team and I look forward to more insights from him.”
Deputy Head (Pastoral)
"The INSET with Matt was of great benefit to all of the teaching staff at Silcoates. Matt was engaging throughout with a captivating manner and a range of thoughtful discussion activities. All staff left with the ability to create a plan to support their own wellbeing and tools to face some of the more challenging situations that they may encounter on a daily basis. I would highly recommend Matt as a speaker to work with staff or students."
Executive Director of Education
Marches Academy Trust
“Matt has worked with a number of our senior leaders and headteachers at Marches Academy Trust and the outcomes have been significant. Our leaders have developed resilience; solutions-focused thinking; confidence; and are able to lead and manage effectively under pressure. Matt is a coaching expert who has empowered our leaders to thrive in challenging times.”
The Stress Less Clinic
“I have had the pleasure of working with Matt for a number of years, both within the education sector and also in the area of mental health. Having been a leader in many schools in several countries I would place Matt as one of the most highly inspirational and energising leaders and coaches I have ever met. Matt is a proven change agent and motivator, with an ability to gain the respect and confidence of all stakeholders.”
Springwater School, Harrogate
Matt’s coaching has had such a positive impact on not just me as a Headteacher, but to each member of my leadership team. His support and challenge has allowed each staff member to review their strengths and the perhaps more importantly school leaders here feel invested in and they ‘buzz’ after a session with him. Their wellbeing across the board is better as a result. It's a fabulous package and If we had unlimited funds it would be something I would have no hesitation in offering to all staff in school!”
Chair of Governors
Clifton Green Primary School, York
Matt has worked with us for 2 years and built up a strong reputation locally to York whilst already having an established profile in other parts of the UK. Matt has been exceptional in coaching our leaders; building self-belief in colleagues throughout the school and has been an integral part of the recovery we’ve been through. This guy is the real deal! “
"I have used Matt on a number of occasions as both a motivational speaker at business meetings and as an after dinner speaker and he always delivers the goods. His past life as a Premier League referee offers a number of interesting and amusing anecdotes and his man management skills learned during that time shine out and give him the kudos that audiences respect."
CHIEF COMMUNITY FUND RAISER
“Matt has stepped up to lead and volunteer for us on a number of occasions; delivering speeches; MC at charity auctions; and assisting with local projects, displaying authentic leadership every time.”
"I recently attended a workshop that Matt Messias was running as part of the York Business Week and found it refreshingly different, not only the content but the engaging delivery of it. Matt offered a wholly different perspective on the concept of 'coaching' relating it to the results of some of the best sporting and athletic based teams in the world. Interesting, relatable and lots of those 'light bulb' moments we all wish for in a workshop of this kind....thanks Matt."
"Matt is a sincere and uplifting leadership coach, a magnet of positivity who has enabled me to re-think, explore and re-develop my business strategy to great effect."
"Matt very generously came and helped at our Inaugural Golf Day which was held to raise money for our local charity – SASH York.
Matt was confident, calm and authoritative and was able to successfully lead a room filled with over 100 local business people.
Matt engaged with our audience and interspersed stories from his past football days with current business tales.
With his help, we raised over £5,000 for the Charity on the day.
An extremely professional individual with a personal touch, I would have absolutely no issue recommending Matt and we plan to utilise his services again in the future."