In June 2009, Lance Corporal Matthew Wilson was fighting for his life in Selly Oak hospital after his leg was blown off and his arm severely injured by an improvised explosive device (IED).
He is now training to become an army pilot in a bid to serve once again. It is this ability to overcome adversity that sets Matthew apart from so many.
Every male member of Matthew's family for four generations have served in the Army and it was a childhood dream for Matthew to do the same. Lance Corporal Wilson's own father was tragically killed by a terrorist bomb whilst serving in Northern Ireland when Matthew was 4 years old, an event that only inspired him further, "My dad was my hero, there's no greater honour than giving your life for your country".
In December 2010, he was involved with the Help for Heroes X Factor single that reached Number 1 in the official UK charts.
The leadership he displayed while serving in Afghanistan makes him a superb speaker on the pressures of team management, the importance of teamwork and the bravery required to make vital decisions at vital moments.
Further to this, the manner in which he has dealt with threatening injuries makes him an authority on the ability to overcome adversity, something that resonates closely with all business environments.