November 2020


Attention to detail is what we do at Ogle so it made sense to give each member of staff a bit of attention too. The ‘Our People’ series at Ogle, highlights the people behind the work and what they like to do in their spare time.

Meet Matt White 

It is Matt’s ‘can do’ attitude that first got him noticed when he joined the Ogle team originally as a Prototype Solutions Engineer.

Four years on, Matt’s problem-solving obsession has allowed him to work in all areas of the business to build up his knowledge bank. This enables him to offer customers not just one angle or solution but many, on the path to achieving their goals.

The motivational problem solver, who loves breakfast, shares with us some of his Ogle highlights.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

“I hate doing nothing, so as soon as I’m awake I’m motivated to get in to work and start solving problems or supporting customers. I also love breakfast, so normally my stomach is telling me to get up.”

What is the most common question you get asked?

“Without doubt, that is ‘can you do it?’ The answer is (almost) always ‘yes’ and the solution normally revolves around the end result of the prototype or model. Customers tend to want to know what can be achieved and we’re fortunate to be working with companies that like to push the design boundaries, safe in the knowledge that we can deliver.”

What is your best bit of advice for clients?

“Get us involved as soon as possible because we can iron out any pitfalls right from the start, or even work on making the overall design better. Being involved from the beginning means we can catch issues at the early stage and rectify. Also, the more information we know, the better, so don’t be afraid to tell us what you need the prototype for or how it’s going to be used. If we have the full picture, then we might be able to suggest changing materials or processes to improve the overall end product because we’re centred around delivering the best result. We’ll always give you honest and upfront advice to get you there.”

What is your proudest achievement to date?

“Well there’s been so many, it’s tough to pick one. I’ve been involved with some great customer success stories and I also work with a hugely talented team. Everything about working at Ogle makes me feel proud.  I guess I get a real kick out of seeing our products developed in real life when I’m out shopping, visiting a museum or just browsing the web.”

What have you learnt in the past few years that you didn’t know before you joined Ogle?

“Everything is constantly changing and very fast-paced. I’ve also seen first-hand just how innovative much of the UK and our global industry actually is. Also, the range of things that Ogle can deal with at a moment’s notice is quite impressive. The UK’s Research and Development sector is massive and continues to grow.”

What advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the industry?

“Get involved and ask questions. You learn by experience and just doing. It’s the application of the processes that matter so you need to experience it first-hand. I also recommend finding an experienced team that is willing to share their knowledge and pass it on. Luckily, I found Ogle and the team are so experienced and enthusiastic about sharing their insights, I’ve learnt so much.”

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

“I like adrenaline. I love travelling, adventures and anything that gets my heart going. I rode a BMX off a roof on a bungee cord. You don’t get many opportunities in life to do it, so of course I went for it.”

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

“It would still be similar but it would have to be something with my hands. I’d want to design, develop and test something. I like being part of a process that’s exciting which ultimately leads to a product. It’s a pleasure to be part of British manufacturing.”


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