Charles Matthews OBE Honorary DSc, 27 July 2017


Charles Matthews holds a BSc in Geography and Oceanography from Swansea University. He is the founder of Sigma QC Limited and Human Electric. 

He serves as Launch Director of ‘3’, the 3G mobile business of Hutchison Whampoa, and has experience of many manufacturing industries, especially the automotive Industry.  He has extensive experience in the engineering industry and served as Chief Executive of Cosworth, Managing Director of the Car Division of Rolls Royce Motor Cars and has held positions at Jaguar and Chrysler.  He has also served as Managing Director of Bentley Motor Cars.  Outside the automotive industry, he is Chair of a number of corporations including Sigma QC, Human Electric and Creative Learning Media Ltd.  He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Axeon Holdings Plc since April 2006 and Porvair Plc since January 2005.  

On receiving his award, Mr Matthews said: “I am delighted to receive this honorary award. I enjoyed my time at Swansea immensely, so much so that my daughter, Tamsyn, also did her degree here. 

My time at Swansea provided the perfect balance of teaching with the opportunity for personal development which prepared me for the business world. In particular, the systematic, analytical thinking which my degree taught me has been a strength which I use to this day.

I look forward to working together with the University in supporting its wider business connections, and also helping new businesses grow out of the great work being undertaken by the University’s very talented students.”