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Matt Lewis    

Author, "Last Man Off"

Matt was born in Bristol, England, in 1974. He trained as a marine biologist first at Bangor University and then at Aberdeen University, and gained an MSc with distinction in Marine and Fisheries Science.

The Sudur Havid was his first deployment as a Scientific Observer - he went on to complete another deployment (without sinking) before moving on to a warmer, drier career.

Matt worked as a presenter at Blue Planet Aquarium and at Chester Zoo, where he organised and gave educational talks and animal handling sessions.

A move north to Aberdeen in 2003 led to Matt setting up 'Mr. Bug,' taking animals into schools and visitor attractions for educational sessions.

In between running Mr. Bug and running around after his two children, Matt has written "Last Man Off" and is overjoyed to see it published.

Speech Topics

Business Lessons from Disaster

For companies reviewing their structure or organisation:

Management problems aboard the Sudur Havid helped to cause the sinking, and then made its effects worse. This talk memorably illustrates the consequences of appalling communication, unclear command structure and dismal planning.

The reviewer from The Sunday Times noted that "Harvard MBAs could ... scour the pages as a case-study in dysfunctional workplaces and woeful man-management."

How Complacency Sank the Ship

For risk management / health and safety audiences:

The officers in command on the bridge had each been at sea for decades, yet they failed to heed countless warning signs and pleas for help from their crew. This talk highlights the consequences of a poor safety culture, communication, confused command structure, lack of planning, and lack of training.

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