Matthew Streets is Foster + Partners’ Managing Partner. He graduated from Liverpool University in Engineering Science and subsequently completed the Accelerated Development Programme at London Business School. He is presently a Fellow of the ‘Industrialists in Parliament’ Trust.
Between 1983 and 1989 he was based at KPMG, where he worked for a range of audit clients as well as the small business unit and training departments. After leaving KPMG he briefly joined the Madame Tussauds Group, before moving to Northern Leisure plc in 1989. At Northern Leisure he progressed from acquisitions to Group Financial Controller and finally to Group Finance Director, until its merger with Luminar Leisure plc. His achievements during this period included the £150-million acquisition and assimilation of Rank Entertainment Ltd, five bank re-financings and numerous acquisitions and disposals including the disposal of the French division. In 2001 he joined Cannons Group; a health club entity with a turnover of around £115 million, where he was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. His initial role involved negotiating leveraged banking facilities to support the public to private transaction. His achievements included a £50 million sale and lease back; the growth of 20 sites; two bank re-financings; the proposal and implementation of a strategic plan, which involved the disposal of the Harbour Club and Dutch operations, and a £6-million-per-annum saving plan.
Following a sabbatical in 2006 he was involved in the transaction in which 3i, a global leader in private equity, became a minority shareholder in Foster + Partners Ltd. Following the completion of the transaction in May 2007, and the associated change in management structure, he joined the practice as a senior partner.