24 Facts About Matthew Gould


Matthew Steven Gould was born on 20 August 1971 and is a British civil servant who is CEO of NHSX, the body which oversees digital policy and programmes in NHS England.


Matthew Gould was Ambassador to Israel and Director General for Digital and Media Policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


Matthew Gould's grandfather changed the family name from Goldkorn to Gould.


Matthew Gould grew up in Wembley, London and was educated at Orley Farm School, Harrow before moving to St Paul's School, where he was a contemporary of George Osborne, Patrick Neate, and Ed Vaizey.


Matthew Gould then went to Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read philosophy and divinity.


In Manila, Matthew Gould launched a programme of co-operation between Britain and the Philippines to combat child abuse, which included bringing detectives from the UK to run training courses for Filipino police officers.


Matthew Gould was awarded the MBE for this work in the 1997 New Year's Honours list, at age 26.


Matthew Gould was in Manila when Robin Cook visited as Foreign Secretary.


Matthew Gould wrote a speech for Cook, and was immediately appointed by him as his speechwriter, which he did from 1997 to 1999.


Matthew Gould served as Deputy Head of the FCO's Consular Division from 1999 to 2001.


Matthew Gould established a new unit in the FCO tasked with combatting forced marriage and helping its victims.


From 2003 to 2005, Matthew Gould was Deputy Head of Mission in Tehran, and Charge d'Affaires for six months of this time.


Matthew Gould was sent to Khuzestan to negotiate their release, and flew back with them to Tehran.


From 2005 to 2007, Matthew Gould was Foreign and Security Policy Counsellor and the Representative of the Joint Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC.


Matthew Gould was Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary from July 2007 to July 2010, running the office of David Miliband for almost all the latter's time as Foreign Secretary, and then of William Hague for the first few months that he was in office.


In September 2010, Matthew Gould took up the post of British ambassador to Israel, and served in that role until 2015.


Matthew Gould was the first Jew in the post, and spoke of his pride in the position on a number of occasions.


Matthew Gould was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to British interests in Israel, particularly trade and investment scientific and technological co-operation.


In late 2015, Matthew Gould was described as Director of Cyber Security and Information Assurance at the Cabinet Office.


In October 2016, Matthew Gould became the government's first Director General for Digital and Media, based in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


In March 2019, Matthew Gould described and defended the unit's role when he appeared before the Science and Technology Select Committee during its enquiry into digital government.


In May 2019, Matthew Gould was appointed as the first chief executive of NHSX, which oversees digitisation of NHS England and commissions projects from NHS Digital and other bodies.


Matthew Gould married Celia Leaberry in 2009, and their first daughter was born at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in April 2011.


Matthew Gould received an honorary doctorate from Ben Gurion University in December 2012.