Matthew’s role focuses most directly on ecosystem services and ecosystem assessments. Matthew’s duties include managing the Secretariat of the Sub-Global Assessment Network and roles in other assessment and indicator-based projects. Matthew has attended various international events to present workshops and training sessions on ecosystem assessments; and has helped convene and facilitate meetings and workshops for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on project, and the development of indicators to support an assessment of harmful substances.
Matthew has studied and worked in environmental, ecological and conservation disciplines for thirteen years. After completing an environmental science BSc, Matthew was employed as a fish husbandry scientist, and later as an experimental scientist at AstraZeneca’s Brixham Environmental Laboratory. Subsequently, Matthew completed a PhD - The ecological restoration of industrially disturbed landscapes. Prior to joining the Centre, Matthew worked as a consultant ecologist, conducting habitat and protected species surveys and mitigation. Shortly after joining the Centre, Matthew fulfilled a three-month secondment at UNEP headquarters, working with the Ecosystem Services Economics unit of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, gaining invaluable international experience.
Matthew leads the management of the secretariat of the Sub-Global Assessment Network. This includes: planning events; managing communications; and liaising with the advisory committee and the Network members.
Matthew has overseen the production of a background information document and convened and facilitated an expert workshop to develop an indicator-set to support a global assessment of harmful substances and wastes. Subsequently Matthew has incorporated the results of the expert workshop and the background document into a final report.
Matthew has been working with UNEP colleagues in Nairobi to produce a short guide to environmental assessment methods as an information document for decision-makers.