Mat Lewis has spent the last 15 years at the South West Development Commission and has worked in partnership with Austrade (Australain Trade Commission) since 2005 as the TradeStart Advisor over this period from until 2015, where managed the program. Mat has an extensive background export market development for the wine, food, tourism, creative and innovation sectors.
Mat moved to Margaret River after graduating from his Bachelor of Business degree at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 1995 and in 1996, and developed the Margaret River Wine Club. Mat then returned to Perth to study Postgraduate Diploma in Multimedia at ECU helped his vision become reality of developing a Marketing Agency in Margaret River called CREATIVE JUICES and established the Wine Travel Group. Mat was the Conference Coordinator the the 1st MasterCard International Wine Tourism Conference staged in 2004 and since that event lead Trade delegations for the region focused on wine and tourism from the region.
Over the last 9 years Mat has focused on the development of the Creative Sectors within the South West with the establishment of the Emergence Creative Festival and the Creative Corner. Mat is also part of the founders of the South West Angels, a locally driven investment group aimed in investment in regional projects and supporting start ups.