Harry Potter Engineer joins the Finch community

Finch Consulting has recently expanded its team of expert engineers following the appointment of Matt Longley, as a Senior Consultant

 Longley, joins the engineering consultancy firm having previously held senior roles at a number of different companies, including Monsanto Chemicals, Balfour Beatty, equipment rental specialist’s VP Plc and Colas Rail Ltd, where he managed contracts for Network Rail up to the value £250m.

 Working for VP Plc’s trackway division, Matt was also responsible for working on the Harry Potter film set. He was also part of the team involved in the design and installation of a bridge used in The Dark Knight Rises set at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham.

 In his new role as Senior Consultant, Matt’s experience will expand Finch’s capability in process safety as well as strengthening their sector expertise in the entertainment industry. Specifically, this will include working alongside the Royal Opera House, and other prestigious theatres in London.

 Having graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Chemical Engineering with Minerals Engineering in 1990, Matt went on to become a Chartered Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineering, as well as an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

 Asked why he wanted to join Finch Consulting, Matt commented, “Choosing a company is all about getting the right cultural fit, and Finch has an excellent culture that promotes collaboration, support, development and essentially getting the best solution for their clients. Finch want to guide clients to safety and process improvement rather than offering a predetermined solution.”

 Commenting on behalf of Finch, Managing Director, Dom Barraclough added “Finch has a broad depth of experience amongst its consultants and is able to offer a wholistic approach. The opportunity to employ someone with Matts credentials is a real coup for our business as he will undoubtedly help us to open up and explore more opportunities in the Film and TV industry.”

 In his spare time, Matt is the Chairman of Ashby Hastings Cricket Club and coaches both the U17 teams and runs the All Stars Cricket program for over 100 children aged 5-8. He is also a volunteer for DKMS UK which encourages people to sign up for the bone marrow and stem cell transplant registry.