Matt created and led Altrincham Forward, an innovative public, private and community partnership that spearheaded the transformation of the town. This required him to harness the talent, passion and experience of all key town centre people and organisations to create and coalesce around a compelling vision and vigorous action plan for change. He is currently one of the High Street Task Force designated experts and has his own placemaking consultancy.
Matt has held a number of public roles including Leader of Trafford Council, chair of NHS Trafford and has had senior political roles as chair of Transport for Greater Manchester and vice chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. He also sat on the conurbation's LEP.
Matt lives in Altrincham with his wife and children and is a Fellow at the Institute of Place Management.