The Story Behind The Speaker #6: Matt Perfect


Matt Perfect on impact spending, sailing and the rise of the ethical supplier.

For most (if not all) of us heading to Moral Fairground’s Ethical Enterprise Conference this year, ethics and social impact is our ‘raison d’être’. But what about impact spending? Is it a term you’ve heard before and is it on your radar? If not, you need to meet Matt Perfect.

Matt is the Founder of Impact Spender and a quick scroll through his LinkedIn will provide you with a plethora of people that have been helped tremendously by Matt’s work in ‘impact spending’.

Matt is a facilitator and coach who helps people in business re-imagine their workplace spending and supplier relationships as a force for good.

With over a decade of experience as a procurement practitioner and management consultant, Matt has held senior roles with National Australia Bank, Toll Group and The Faculty Management Consultants where he led Australia’s most highly regarded Roundtable for Chief Procurement Officers.

These days, Matt consults to both public and private sector organisations, helping them to drive more impact with their procurement spending. He is also a regular commentator and speaker on procurement and social impact. 

More on Matt below…

Tell us about your role, experience, journey to where you are. Why are you passionate about the industry?

I came to the field of Impact Spending through a career as a procurement and supply chain professional. Despite all the processes and policies that dominate this field I’ve always believed that procurement is fundamentally a relationship game about people. Putting people at the centre of our decision making is what Impact Spending is all about because when big companies and governments spend consciously and with the right intentions, they can improve the lives of hundreds, thousands even millions of people throughout their supply chains. But it’s not just me saying this. Shareholders, employees, customers, citizens are all demanding more of our governments and corporations who in turn, are seeing the value of doing business this way. Not just from a sense of corporate social responsibility, but as means to genuine sustainability and profitable growth. That’s exciting because that’s when we start to see social and ethical enterprises doing great work, really starting to scale their impact by working with bigger customers and partners who can help them achieve that scale faster. That’s when things really change.

Tell us something about you that people may not already know:

I love to sail. I grew up in the south of England and was never far from the water, so sailing has always been in my blood. I think as human beings, we have a natural connection to the sea, because after all, that’s we are all came from right? So for me, there’s nothing better than getting out on the water and moving freely with the wind. Now my kids are getting to the age where they’re starting to enjoy it too, so it’s a really special thing to be able to share with them.

What can we expect to learn about from Matt’s talk at the Ethical Enterprise Conference this year?

Impact Spending and the Rise of the Ethical Supplier.

There has never been a better time to be an ethical supplier to government and big business. Major regulatory change at both the state and federal level means Impact Spending is becoming the new norm for big procurement. As a result, social enterprises and ethical suppliers are in high demand.
To help you make the most of this $600B opportunity, Matt will lead a panel of procurement leaders from major corporates and government, in a ‘warts and all’ discussion about what they really want and how to win their business.

If you’re keen to find out how you can use spending as the most powerful force for change in the world, you’ll want to make it to Matt’s talk this year.

Be sure to book your tickets to the Ethical Enterprise Conference as soon as possible, by visiting the Moral Fairground conference page.

Keep an eye out over the following weeks as we bring you more of the stories behind the speakers and we look forward to seeing you at the Ethical Enterprise Conference 2018!

Until next time,


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