Matt was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, but came to live and work in Sussex over thirty years ago. Whilst working in Oxfordshire, he became a sponsor of Oxford United FC, in the old First Division and experienced the mix between business and football. Years later, he put this to good use when he became a Director of Worthing Football Club, where it was his job to raise the playing budget funds each season.
Since moving to Sussex, he has always lived in Brighton and had a business there for many years. During that time, he was also Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses for eight years, representing nine hundred local businesses. He also sat on several regeneration panels and worked closely with the Council on several business partnerships. Throughout that time, he met Dick Knight, then Chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, and together they agreed that Brighton's Reserves should play their matches at Worthing FC’s ground, whilst the first team were playing at Gillingham.
In business, he has spent his career in the recycling, data destruction, and waste disposal industries, and have run several large recycling contracts, including the BBC (8 years), Land Securities (9 years), IBM UK (12 years) and American Express Europe (22 years).
In football, he was a sponsor of Shoreham FC (1992-94), Director of Worthing FC (1995-2001), Vice Chairman of Southwick FC (2002-3) and Chairman and Owner of Shoreham FC (2007-13).
In 2009, he joined the Sussex County FA as a Council Member, becoming a Director in 2011 and Deputy Chairman in October 2013. In December 2013, he became Chairman, and was re-elected in 2015 and again in 2018. He combines his love of football with his experience in business and has overseen many changes within the organisation, most notably the installation of the 3G pitch, but also the restructure of the Association and the enlargement of the Board.