Matthew Whitfield

Matt Whitfield is excited to be part of the Compass for Life, and brings a wealth of experience and passion to benefit the team and clients alike.

He comes from the high risk, high speed and challenging career of a Royal Navy fighter pilot. This life where trust, reliability, drive, humility, high speed critical decision making and mutual support were essential to achieve success, and the consequences of mistakes were life threatening. As a member of a first-class team of naval pilots, performing under pressure and staying consistently at the top of his game has been part of the everyday life for Matt for over 20 years.

As the Navy’s senior jet flying instructor, Matt has enjoyed training, coaching and mentoring other high potentials, been responsible for maintaining standards across many units and experienced
first hand exciting and challenging roles including 6 years of UK counter terrorism operations.  On leaving the services, Matt has qualified professionally with the International Coaching
Federation as an executive and business coach. He founded his company, 7miles a minute Ltd, which helps equip new and established leaders to think, plan, decide and act under pressure and
commit to making the critical decisions that will deliver greater performance. These changes in the choices of behaviour have resulted in a high performance culture and climate in these
organisations. As a keynote speaker, Matt brings a unique take on the art of leadership, and inspiring and growing all types of teams.

His ongoing work is varied including working with individuals and teams at the Bank of England, speaking at the University College London School of Management and Leadership, and coaching
other individual business leaders and schools for a growth mindset.