Alumni - 2000's
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Dominic Matthews - Year of leaving: 2002
Smithdon was a wonderful, caring school where you could push yourself to achieve. I distinctly remember the teachers treating me with a great deal of respect and providing a fun community to grow up in.
I graduated from University in 2005 and from there I took a marketing and PR role at a small event organising company. After a couple of years, I joined Capcom, a video game developer and publisher in a marketing position at their European HQ in London. In 2010, I joined Ninja Theory – a video game developer in Cambridge – again in a marketing position. 10 years later and I am now head of the five-time BAFTA winning company (in the role of Studio Head), looking after 100 staff and pushing our ambitions as a studio recently acquired by Xbox Game Studios.
Message to Current Students:
You can achieve anything. Do not waste a single day thinking that you cannot. A couple of people have said to me in my career: ‘Not bad for someone from Norfolk’. I never understood what they meant – because you can achieve anything you want, from any school and from any upbringing. Look at the world around you, think about where you want to go in life and find your drive to push yourself to be the best you. When I was your age, I wanted to work in Video Games. I have done it. Not because I was the best academically, I was not, but because I have believed in myself and what I can achieve. You can too.