Matthew has worked for the Wales Audit Office (WAO) and one of its predecessor bodies, the National Audit Office (Wales), since 2002. Matthew is a Director of Performance Audit, having taken on this role in July 2014, and leads the Wales Audit Office’s ‘national studies’ team which delivers many of the Auditor General’s published value for money examination reports. Those reports provide the basis of much of the work of the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee.
Matthew’s role includes oversight of the working relationship between the WAO and the Public Accounts Committee. Before taking on his current role, he was a project manager within the national studies team but has previously held other roles within the organisation, including as Performance Audit Manager for Cwm Taf Health Board and its predecessor bodies.
Matthew’s career history includes time working for the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and University of Wales College, Newport as a research project officer. After this he worked for the Sports Council for Wales (Sport Wales) as their research and evaluation manager. In 2002, Matthew obtained his PhD, having completed a thesis which examined barriers to the application of food hygiene management systems in small and medium sized enterprises across the UK food industry.
Matthew moved to Cardiff from the Midlands as a student in 1992, where he obtained his first class honours degree in Sociology and a Masters in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University. Between 2008 and 2010, and with the support of the WAO, Matthew also studied for a Diploma in Public Administration through Cardiff University.
Matthew still lives in Cardiff with his wife and two daughters, is actively involved in the life of Cathays Methodist Church and, when time allows, enjoys a round of golf.