Matthew Downes

IT Director

Date joined Fowler Welch:

January 1, 2012

Portrait of Matthew Downes

Profile:

Matthew Downes, IT Director of Fowler Welch, gained a degree in Computer Science from Kent University before spending eight years with Procter & Gamble. During this time he undertook a number of manufacturing and consumer goods roles, including responsibility for IT systems across three manufacturing sites in the UK, France and Italy.

During this time Matthew also successfully completed several Head Office assignments, including a two-year position in Switzerland with responsibility for the commercial and consumer IT systems for Procter & Gamble’s paper business. His final role with Procter & Gamble was to oversee all purchase-to-payment systems for the EMEA region.
 
More recently, Matthew took up the position as Business Systems Manager with Weetabix in Kettering. In this role, he oversaw the successful implementation of the company’s Manhattan warehouse system and was also responsible for IT aspects of outsourcing warehouse and distribution functions to a third party supplier. Following this, a further spell abroad saw him assume the role of IT Director for Weetabix’s North American operations, based in Boston, USA, for two years.

Having held senior positions with these two major blue chip companies, both in the UK and overseas, Matthew is now fully engaged setting and delivering the IT strategy for Fowler Welch. Today, he heads up a dedicated team of highly competent IT specialists, many of them from operational roles where they gained real-world transport, warehouse and EDI technologies experience, all based at Fowler Welch’s Spalding headquarters.