Matthew was appointed Environment Advisor following the Mayor’s re-election in May 2012 to lead the GLA and its functional bodies’ work with relation to carbon emissions reduction, a secure and affordable energy supply, improving air quality, the protection, improvement and creation of green space, waste policy, water efficiency and drainage and making London more resilient in the face of more frequent extreme weather.
He was appointed Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy following taking on responsibility for the Smart London Board, chairing the London Hydrogen Partnership and a leading role in the co-ordination of utilities' works for London's Opportunity Areas through the Infrastructure Delivery Board.
The Mayor appointed Matthew as his Independent Member on the London Waste and Recycling Board, to the London Green Fund Investment Committee and the Infrastructure Delivery Board. He was also appointed to the Board of the Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation. Matthew was the Mayor’s nominee on the Steering Committee of the C40 Climate Leadership Group and was appointed to be one of the Steering Committee’s representatives to the C40 Management Board, as Board Secretary.
Matthew first joined the Mayor’s team at City Hall from the BBC in November 2009. He worked on the network section of Politics Show, focussing primarily on environment and energy stories, and was latterly responsible for the political output of BBC Breakfast. He had worked previously at the London Borough of Barnet, where he started work on the Council’s ground-breaking compulsory recycling scheme, and at the House of Commons.
He has lived in London most of his life. Having grown up in north London, he's now crossed the Thames and cycles into City Hall from Brixton