Matt Navarra

Matt Navarra

Matt Navarra: Digital Engagement & Social Media Professional

Cardiff, South Wales

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New role as Community Director (Incl. Social Media) at The Next Web

Award nominated digital & social media marketing. Ex UKGOV digital. Currently Community Director for @TheNextWeb

*Top 1% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles - 2012
*Top 1% of Online Influencers on - 2013
*Top 5% of Influencers on Klout - 2013
Work History
  • April 2013 - Present

    Community Director (Social Media / Digital Engagement)

    The Next Web

  • February 2013 - March 2013

    Digital Communications Lead

    Government Digital Service

    Development post with Government Digital Service @GDSteam (Cabinet Office).
    Managing @gdsteam @govuk Twitter accounts + GDS website/blog content (125,000 followers combined)
    Handling media enquiries via digital channels via Zendesk system
    Supporting GDS teams with live digital projects in progress
    Supporting GDS team colleagues through sharing knowledge, skills, ideas and connections re digital and social media
    Developing digital engagement strategies to support GDS aims and objectives
  • February 2009 - March 2013

    Digital Communications Manager

    Intellectual Property Office (UK Civil Service)

    Digital Strategy - Key driver in the move towards Social Media usage as a marketing and engagement tool for the IPO.

    Digital Strategy - Developed and implemented the IPO's digital engagement and social media strategy.

    Project Management - Key role in Government IP Review project team as manager for all IP Review digital engagement channels (strategy, implementation, monitoring & evaluation).

    Project Management - Communications lead on the launch of UK Peer to Patent project

    Stakeholder Management - Lead communications manager for relationship with BB
  • April 2008 - February 2009

    Senior Marketing Manager

    Black Horse Finance

    Temporary post responsible for the planning, researching and implementation of new marketing and PR campaigns for consumer lending products for the Black Horse brand (Lloyds Banking Group)

    Managed campaigns and special projects that generated up to £10m in new lending over the time employed.
  • April 2006 - February 2008

    Marketing Manager

    Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS PLC)

    Marketing Analyst

    Project Management - Managed small and medium size business change projects (marketing campaigns) with budgets between £2m - £10m

    Line Management - Managed three members of staff, provided coaching and mentoring to junior colleagues, undertook performance appraisals, identified and agreed training needs and plans.

    Marketing Manager

    Project Management - Transferred to Springboard project (promotion) & subsequently appointed Marketing Manager, for 'Springboard' (MasterCard) project.

    Project Management - Worked closely in support of
  • August 2005 - April 2006

    Travelling South America


    Undertook review of career whilst travelling with visually impaired friend through South America. Visited Peru, Argentina and Brazil,

    Planned key dates and activities allowing flexibility within these boundaries.

    Also taught English to local schools as project.
  • October 2002 - August 2005

    Graduate Trainee

    Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS)

    One of the 2002 intake appointed to Graduate FastTrack Management Programme in competition with 13,000 graduate applicants.

    Offered roles with Unilever, Ford and BUPA on equivalent Graduate FastTrack Schemes in 2002 which i declined.

    Gained experience in variety of locations, Edinburgh, London, Reading and Bristol.

    Completed graduate intake only, structured high quality in-house training by RBS Group -

    Modules included:

    People management,
    Project and time management,
    Creative marketing,
    Agency management and
    Marketing analysis.

  • BA (HONS) Business Studies (2:

    University of the West of England

    September 1998 - June 2002
  • A-Levels

    Bridgwater College

    September 1996 - June 1998
  • GCSEs

    Clevedon Community School

    September 1991 - June 1996