Matthew has worked for Audit Wales and one of its predecessor bodies, the National Audit Office (Wales), since 2002. Matthew is an Audit Director, having taken on this role in July 2014. He leads the ‘national studies’ and ‘investigative studies’ teams. The outputs from those teams provide the basis of much of the work of the Senedd Public Accounts and Public Administration Committee (PAPAC). Among other things, Matthew’s role also includes oversight of our working relationship with the PAPAC. He has experience of delivering and leading performance audit work across a wide range of devolved policy areas.
Matthew moved to Cardiff from the Midlands as a student in 1992, obtaining a first-class honours degree in Sociology and a Masters in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University. He started his career in academic research roles and then as research and evaluation manager for the Sports Council for Wales (Sport Wales). In 2002, he obtained his PhD, having examined barriers to the application of food hygiene management systems in small and medium sized enterprises across the UK food industry.
While working for Audit Wales, Matthew has also been supported in his studies for a Diploma in Public Administration through Cardiff University and the CIPFA Certificate in Investigative Practice.
Matthew still lives in Cardiff with his wife and two teenage daughters, is actively involved in the life of Cathays Methodist Church, and has experience as a former charitable trustee of the Amelia Methodist Trust Company Ltd.