Matt was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, but before settling in Sussex over 30 years ago, he spent time working in Oxford, where he became a sponsor of Oxford United FC, who were then in the old First Division. There, he experienced at first-hand, the mix between business and football. Years later, he put this to good use when he became a Director of Worthing Football Club in the Isthmian League.
After moving to Brighton, Matt became Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses for 8 years, representing 900 local businesses. He also sat on several regeneration panels and worked closely with the Council on several business partnerships. During this time, he met Dick Knight, the 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, Matt has spent his career in the waste and recycling industry, and has 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, Matt joined the Sussex County FA as a Council Member; a Director from 2011; and Deputy Chairman in October 2013. In December 2013, he became Chairman, and was re-elected in 2015 and 2018. He combines his love of football with his business experience 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.