Matt is MBA Director of Policy and Knowledge Exchange, with particular responsibility for the Association as a national and international Learned Society/Membership organisation. He works on areas of MBA strategic development and governance. Matt has a degree and PhD in marine benthic ecology but has since focused on marine policy; providing science to policy training; lecturing on postgraduate courses; chairing science-policy committees; and representing the Association in marine policy advice including responding to government consultations and engaging with parliament and policy groups more widely. He has published over 60 journal papers, reports and book chapters as well as writing articles and giving talks aimed at a broader audience (and serves on the editorial board for a number of marine journals). Matt is President of the European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS).