Matt is the founder of The Youth Sector Blog.
He has worked in the youth and education sectors for 20 years. Qualifying as a Community and Youth Worker in 1995, he has since worked in a wide variety of settings, including with the homeless community at The Big Issue Ltd, with young people in Foyers and residential support centres, leading on street based youth work initiatives, and as the Director of wide reaching local youth and community services.
For over 4 years Matt was the Director of a national education charity specialising in youth participation and active citizenship in schools, and founded Treetop Training and Education Ltd, providing consultancy, training and project management services to the youth and education sectors.
Matt lead the delivery of Social Impact Bond funded initiative, ThinkForward. Working in partnership with schools in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Islington, to deliver a long-term and early intervention coaching model for young people most at risk of becoming ‘not in education, employment or training’, to ensure a successful transition from education to employment. He was subsequently Director or Partnerships and Policy at UK Youth, and in January 2018 he will begin as the CEO of the charity Future First.
He has also a Trustee of the Young Barnet Foundation, sits on numerous working groups and committees, and is interested in a wide-rage of areas, including but not limited to youth and community work, education, training and facilitation, social enterprise, gifted and talented education, game theory and game-based learning.