Matthew is the elected Kent County Council for Malling Rural East. Matthew also represented the Downs and Mereworth Ward on Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council for many years until 2019.
Matthew was born and brought up in Kent in the village of Birling and, having lived in London and Edinburgh, returned some twenty years ago to live nearby in Offham. By profession Matthew is a Chartered Surveyor and his wife runs the Montessori school.
Matthew has considerable experience in local government, having been chairman of Birling Parish Council and a borough councillor for some 14 years on Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, where he was on various committees, including the local Planning Committee, and was a member of the borough cabinet for 10 years.
Matthew is a trustee of various charities and an Alms House and is chair of the governors of a local special needs school.