Press Releases 2014-2015

Leading Public Relations Specialist Honoured with Doctorate

14.07.2015

Matthew Gunther-BushellOne of the world’s leading public relations specialists, Matthew Gunther-Bushell, has received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Literature) from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea (13/07/15).

Matthew is managing partner of international strategic communications consultancy Consulum. He lives in Bahrain with his wife and three children.

He began his career in politics in 1993 by launching European policy pressure group CYEF under the watchful eye of Baroness Thatcher. He went on to work as a researcher in the House of Commons, assisting a series of backbench MPs before acting as a speechwriter and media aide to a number of government ministers.

Matthew was subsequently approached to act as a political consultant to Sir James Goldsmith, playing a prominent part in the formation and on-going campaign of The Referendum Party, through to the 1997 general election. Following the election he went on to devise a campaign strategy in London’s first Mayoral elections.

In 1998 Matthew established the award-winning, Swansea-based, public relations firm MGB PR, representing companies and organisations as diverse as ntl, Laing O’Rourke, Swansea AFC, Ospreys Rugby, IMS Group, npower, Welsh Assembly Government, DVLA, Liberty Properties, HSBC Private Bank, and EDS.

In 2005 he also co-founded specialist commercial intelligence and public affairs firm African Strategic, whose on-going international government affairs activities saw Matthew counsel global investment funds and multinational corporations on their public affairs strategies in countries including Malawi, South Africa and Kenya.

Matthew was approached in Spring 2009 to establish and lead the Bahrain offices of international communications agency Bell Pottinger, from where he also developed and led the company’s political and strategic communications offering for the wider Middle East region.

In 2012, he co-founded international strategic communications practice Consulum, which now has offices in London, Bahrain, Doha and Dubai, as well as staff based in Lebanon and Jordan. The company advises heads of state, governments and political leaders throughout the Middle East, Africa, Caribbean and Asia. The firm also works alongside multinationals, family offices and ultra high-net-worth individuals.

As Consulum’s managing partner, Matthew currently focuses on bespoke programmes and provides counsel for, amongst others, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Government of Djibouti, the Republic of Nigeria, the sovereign wealth funds of Abu Dhabi and Libya and the Economic Development Board of Bahrain.

Upon receiving his Honorary Doctorate, Matthew offered the graduates some words of advice.

He said: “There are three pieces of advice that I would give to you. Firstly, everything I have learned is from something going wrong. Failure can often be the thing that gets you ahead as you never make the same mistake again. Embrace the failures and learn from them as it will make you an awful lot stronger.

“Secondly, don’t fall into the same routines. Luck isn’t something that turns up one day. Change or vary your patterns, do different things, go to different places, meet different people, don’t do the same thing day-in and day-out because it is very difficult for opportunity to knock on your door.

“The third thing is don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice from people who have made it.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk.