Matt
Brown

Director of News & External Relations

Transport for London

Matt was in 2020 awarded the Mark Mellor Award for Outstanding Contribution to the PR Industry by the PRCA

Matt is Director of News and External Relations at TfL, where he runs the organisation’s award-winning 24-7 media relations operation and Government Relations, Stakeholder Engagement and Corporate Communications functions.

In his ten years at the organisation he has led media and PR work including the launch of London’s Night Tube and the 150th anniversary of London Underground and has handled everything from royal visits to crisis comms around strikes and terror attacks. Over the last two years he has played a key role in TfL’s communications response to the pandemic.

Before TfL, Matt worked for the Mayor of London’s Press Office and has also worked for the children’s charity Barnardo’s and for the online political think tank openDemocracy.

After TfL winning PRWeek’s Best In-House team in 2019, Matt was in 2020 awarded the Mark Mellor Award for Outstanding Contribution to the PR Industry by the PRCA.

Favourite campaign of 2021 and why?

Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free school meals.

Who is your communicator of the year?

Greta Thunberg

Person of the year?

Emma Radacanu

Favourite comfort food?

Anything involving Jerk Chicken

Film you have watched more times than any other?

Slightly embarrassingly, probably Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.

Song you can’t resist dancing to?

Bowie – Let’s Dance

Event you are most looking forward to in the next 12 months?

An array of gigs – Idles, Pavement, Flaming Lips, and Primal Scream