Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a chartered geologist with a professional background in the construction industry. He has worked predominantly in East Anglia, and has intensive experience in the Norwich area. He was born in Hertfordshire but grew up from the age of 10 in Norwich. He left the city in the mid-1970s to go to university and never expected to come back. But after graduating and a spell with Blue Circle Cement at various UK production sites he returned in 1981 to Norwich to join May Gurney & Company as a geotechnical engineer. He worked on a number of local construction projects, including the new Magistrates Court and Dencora House, and oversaw the ground investigation work for the A11 Thetford bypass and other trunk roads.

In 1988 he left May Gurney to jointly set up an independent site investigation company SIC (East Anglia) Limited, which was run as a co-operative and traded successfully for 22 years. Over that period he oversaw exploratory ground investigations on over 2,000 different sites throughout East Anglia, several hundred of which were located in the city, to include some major projects such as The Forum, the Cathedral extensions, St Anne’s Wharf and the old Mann Egerton site. Along the way, Matt completed a Master’s degree in European traffic engineering and now works as a national standard cycle instructor for Smart Cycle Training.

He maintains his passion for matters subterranean by adult tutoring for WEA and talks to various local groups. No longer earning a living in the geotechnical industry, he says he is acutely aware of a wide gulf between fanciful accounts of Norwich ground conditions regularly put out by the media and the detailed knowledge kept under wraps by the engineering professionals. So as a lover of the ‘fine city’, his mission is to help bring into the public domain a more informed view of subterranean Norwich and its implications for us all.