Matthew has worked in the heritage sector for some 20 years. Formerly he worked for the Scottish Fisheries Museum, and National Museums Liverpool.
He was appointed as Director & Chief Executive of the ss Great Britain Trust in 2000. The project, completed in 2005, was awarded the Gulbenkian UK Museum of the Year Prize 2006, the England Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2007, and the European Museum of the Year’s Micheletti Award for Best Industrial/Technology Museum.
In 2010, Matthew led the project to create the new Brunel Institute learning and archive centre in Bristol, incorporating the National Brunel Archive. He is Chairman of the Association of Independent Museums, a Trustee of the Black Country Living Museum Ltd., sits on the regional board of Arts Council England, and has advised on many other museum projects.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Destination Bristol Ltd and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative. He chairs the Harbourside Forum, and is a Vice President of Underfall Trust.
He was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree from the University of Bristol in July 2015 in recognition of his work to turn the ss Great Britain into one of the region’s finest landmarks.