Leader of the Opposition
Matthew first became councillor for Allt-yr-yn in 1999. He is leader of the Conservative Group and is the former Leader of Newport City Council.
Raised in Allt-yr-yn, he lives in the ward with his wife, Tina, and two daughters, Bethan and Jessica, who attend St. Joseph’s High School.
A long standing governor for over 13 years at both Glasllwch and Clytha Primary Schools, Matthew is also a member of Gwent Police Authority, Chairman of the Local Service Board, a Director of Newport Unlimited and serves on the Ridgeway Community Centre committee. Matthew is a member of Newport Gwent Dragons, Tredegar Con Club, Newport Golf Club, Bannatynes fitness club and is a former captain of the Stow Park Tennis Club.
Throughout all is roles, Matthew strives to cut through bureaucracy and adopt a straight talking, common sense approach to getting things done.