Matthew is a proud Aboriginal Man from the Byellee people in Gladstone. He has a strong background in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs having served as both a Company Director and CEO for more than 15 years. His active involvement spans all jurisdictions; local, regional, state and national including representation at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.
Matthew’s current leadership roles include Chairperson of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), Executive Chairman of the First Nations Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng Taribelang Bunda peoples Prescribed Body Corporate, Board Member Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and CEO of Nhulundu Health Service. During the construction of the LNG industry on Curtis Island he was appointed as the Indigenous Affairs Manager for Bechtel Oil Gas and Chemicals, a renowned worldwide engineering, procurement and construction company.