Richard Matthews - Director of Pitch to PerfectionRichard Matthews, Director
Good communication is the key to all business.

A background in business

Many years ago, I graduated with a degree in German from Reading University.  Acting had always been a big part of my life, but on leaving  university, I had set my sights on a different career path.  I entered the airline industry, and over seven years working for Switzerland’s former national carrier – Swissair – I gained thorough experience in airline operations and frontline customer service, before becoming a National Account Manager and Deputy Sales Director for the UK.

"I'm taking everything away to practice - had a fantastic day!"
(Sales Manager, Food Manufacturer)

I set-up and developed client relationships across a wide range of sectors, including Lehman Brothers, European Bank, Price Waterhouse, Marks and Spencer, Morgan Stanley and British Aerospace, and worked extensively with American Express.

I then moved into the consumer goods world, initially as a National Account Manager at Golden Wonder, before joining United Biscuits to manage Waitrose and Somerfield. This was followed by three years at the food giant H J Heinz, where I was responsible for the commercial relationship with Tesco, then Sainsbury.

With a passion for drama

But if you’ve got a burning passion, I believe you have to try and realise it. So as I decided that I wanted to take up a career as an actor, I trained at London’s East 15 Acting School - graduating in 2003, and have since worked across the UK in theatre, as well as on radio and in film.  I’ve been lucky enough to work for Radio 4, the BBC World Service, the celebrated playwright and director Alan Ayckbourn, as well as spending a year touring “Dad’s Army”. I have worked continuously as an actor in the corporate world too: I have wide-ranging experience as a role-player in assessment centres for both public and private sectors in the UK and overseas. I have facilitated workshops in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia on behaviour, communication, personal impact and coaching.

Pitch to Perfection brings drama into the workplace to help people become more aware of how they communicate, and to raise their effectiveness influencing others.