Matthew Newbury

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Matthew Newbury

Newbury outside one of his building sites
Born (1981-05-22) 22 May 1981 (age 40)
Norwich, England
Occupation Property developer, investor, theatre producer
Net worth Increase £9 million[1]

Matthew Newbury (born 22 May 1981) is a London-based property developer who, in 2011, was the first person in Britain to be fitted with a bionic leg.[2] Newbury's business interests include a failed theatre production company .[3][4]

Early life

At a young age Newbury was working as a volunteer at the Norwich Playhouse, as well as spending the weekends travelling back and forth to London.[5] He wanted to work in technical theatre, specifically in the West End.[6]

In 1997, whilst travelling back from London he was involved in a serious road traffic accident in which he lost his left leg above the knee.[7] He spent 18 months in various hospitals recovering.[8] He moved to London in 2001 to work in professional theatre in the West End.[5]

In 2003, Newbury received £2.1m as compensation for his injuries, plus a further award to provide for his accommodation needs.[9]

Business interests

Newbury set up a home building company, Newbury Developments and one of its projects was the construction of housing in Newbury's home town of Norwich.[10] Newbury's other businesses include a failed theatre production company.

He is featured in the Sunday Times Rich List 2012 (60 Richest Young People) with a net worth of £9 million.[11]

Bionic leg

In 2011, Newbury was the first person in the UK to be fitted with a groundbreaking new bionic prosthetic leg, Genium.[12][13][14] It is claimed the leg cost him around £50,000.[15] The leg allowed Newbury to ride a bicycle, ski and climb the stairs normally.[16] The leg's technology led to Newbury being labelled the UK's first bionic man.[17]

The Secret Millionaire

In 2012 Newbury took part in a Channel 4 documentary programme, The Secret Millionaire. He focused mainly upon charities working with individuals with disabilities.[18]

References

  1. "Norfolk-born property developer's dramatic career change". Eastern Daily Press. 14 September 2011. http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/norfolk_born_property_developer_s_dramatic_career_change_1_1021598. 
  2. "Amputee is first Brit to be fitted with new bionic leg". The Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2011. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8878357/Amputee-is-first-Brit-to-be-fitted-with-new-bionic-leg.html. 
  3. "Career Change: Financial Planner and a Millionaire Property Developer". Career Change Journal. 15 September 2011. http://careerchangejournal.com/504/career-change-financial-planner-and-a-millionaire-property-developer/. 
  4. "Companies House". Government of the United Kingdom. 12 March 2017. https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07785102. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Technician awarded £2.1m to compensate for lost leg". The Stage News. 10 February 2004. http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/512/technician-awarded-21m-to-compensate-for. 
  6. "Revolutionary new bionic leg for amputee Matthew". The Press and Journal. 10 November 2011. http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/2512644. 
  7. "The bionic leg that gave my life a lift: Amputee fitted with limb that lets him cycle, walk backwards and even go skiing". Daily Mail. 10 November 2011. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2059303/Amputee-Michael-Newbury-fitted-Genium-bionic-limb.html. 
  8. "Bionic leg for road crash amputee". The Press Association. 9 November 2011. http://www.pressassociation.com/component/pafeeds/2011/11/09/bionic_leg_for_road_crash_amputee?camefrom=regional. 
  9. "Property developer pioneers bionic leg". The Guardian. 9 November 2011. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/nov/09/bionic-leg-pioneer-first-briton?newsfeed=true. 
  10. "A new build". Small Business. 26 July 2011. http://www.smallbusiness.co.uk/channels/start-a-business/dont-miss/1643413/a-new-build.thtml. 
  11. "The Sunday Times Rich List 2012". The Sunday Times. 29 April 2012.  (#29 of 60)
  12. "Matthew Newbury First UK Patient with Latest Bionic Leg Prosthetic System". Top News, New Zealand. 10 November 2011. http://topnews.net.nz/content/220143-matthew-newbury-first-uk-patient-latest-bionic-leg-prosthetic-system. 
  13. "Amputee becomes first person to be fitted with bionic leg". The Metro. 9 November 2011. http://www.metro.co.uk/news/881234-amputee-becomes-first-person-in-britain-to-be-fitted-with-bionic-leg. 
  14. "One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for the Future of Prosthetics". iStock Analyst. 9 November 2011. http://www.istockanalyst.com/business/news/5531361/one-small-step-for-man-one-giant-leap-for-the-future-of-prosthetics. 
  15. "Bionic leg for road crash amputee". MSN News. 9 November 2011. http://news.uk.msn.com/health/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=159728594. 
  16. "First UK clinic to fit the new Genium Knee". Proactive Prosthetics. 9 November 2011. http://www.proactiveprosthetics.co.uk/blog/2011/11/09/proactive-prosthetics-first-uk-clinic-to-fit-the-new-otto-bock-genium-knee/. 
  17. "Londoner becomes UK's first real 'bionic man'". London24. 10 November 2011. http://www.london24.com/news/londoner_becomes_uk_s_first_real_bionic_man_1_1122275. 
  18. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-secret-millionaire/video/series-15/episode-1/matthew-newbury