Matthew Riley

Location: Liverpool, UK

Matthew works across Content and Communications in the Storytelling team, helping to maximise the impact stories have across our work. He’s usually live-tweeting, working up a comms plan, or finding out how best to extract that gem of a story from all the work that’s happening.

Matthew has worked in communications across fashion, LGBTQ+ housing and corporate EDI for over 7 years and has a Creative Direction degree. He’s also co-founder of Bottoming, the LGBTQ+ mental health podcast that started in 2018 and has released over 50 episodes across 4 seasons.

Earlier this year, Matthew collaborated with the Museum of Liverpool to create a permanent LGBTQ+ Audio Trail, uncovering hidden queer histories amongst the musuem’s collection. Did you know, the term Huntley and Palmers was used in the creation of the Wolfendon Report as code for homosexuals and prostitutes, to protect the sensibilities of the female assistants working on the report. This report paved the way for the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967.

Questions Matthew is exploring in their work right now:

  • What new forms of content can we try to showcase our practice areas?
  • How can we use storytelling to make communities more prepared and resilient to disaster?
  • How can we amplify stories of collaboration to encourage innovators to connect and learn from one another on shared challenges?