A regular officer in the Royal Logistic Corps, Matt began his academic career with a BSc in Physical Geography from the University of Sheffield in 2002. Joining the RAF as a Supply Officer, he undertook a distance learning BSc in Logistics Management with the University of Lincoln, finishing in 2010. Transferring to the British Army in 2011, he completed a full time MSc in Information Capability Management with Cranfield University in 2015 to enable a technical posting managing military information systems. Subsequently he commanded a Tank Transporter Squadron when daily climate concerns on the news and the aspirations of his millennial soldiers contrasted markedly with the carbon footprint of their Heavy Equipment Transporters. This triggered the genesis of a research PhD investigating the link between military decarbonisation and operational effectiveness.
Matt is carrying out PhD research within Cranfield School of Water, Energy and Environment. It focuses on how the need for the MOD to decarbonise in support of national Net Zero 2050 commitments will impact operational effectiveness.