Matthew has been director of Green Alliance since May 2010 and has 25 years experience of UK and international environmental issues. Prior to Green Alliance, Matthew was Head of Government Affairs at the Carbon Trust; Campaign Director at Greenpeace UK and founder and Chief Executive of the renewable energy agency Regen SW, where he developed Wave Hub, the world’s first proving ground for wave energy farms.
Matthew was a member of the Renewables Advisory Board 2005-10 and currently sits on the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s Carbon Capture and Storage Development Forum. He is a regular adviser to government on energy and environment policy.
He read Environmental Biology at Liverpool University and spent the early part of his career working on tropical forest conservation.
Selected publications and media
'Investor certainty is essential to build a strong UK offshore wind sector', Green Alliance blog, 21 January 2013
'Nurturing UK cleantech enterprise - four steps to improve low carbon innovation', Green Alliance, 14 January 2013
'Where next for energy policy?', Green Alliance blog, 26 November 2012
'Energy switching is dead, long live the market in energy saving', Business Green, 29 October 2012
'Green growth – good for the environment and the economy', Inside Track, Autumn 2012
'Why a low carbon transition can’t be brought about by stealth', Green Alliance blog, 1 June 2012
'A reticent approach to bold reform', Business Green, 23 May 2012
'The green movement must escape the confines of austerity thinking', The Guardian, 28 February 2012
'Three trends that will shape environmental politics in 2012', Green Alliance blog, 9 January 2012
'Business must be careful what it wishes for in the battle over planning', Business Green, 9 September 2011
'A good day for evidence based policy', Business Green, 17 May 2011
Read Matthew’s profile in Public Affairs News
Matthew’s open letter to the Prime Minister on the 4th Carbon Budget signed by 14 other NGOs in The Guardian
Matthew discusses climate change and the third sector in Charity Times
Matthew outlines ‘the new politics of environmentalism’ in the Green Alliance Annual Review 09-10