Matthew was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer – hospital services, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust in January 2022, following a previous joint role as Chief Operating Officer for Hospital Services for both trusts since January 2021.
He was appointed as chief operating officer of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in 2015, and as chief operating officer (acute hospital services) on the joint executive team for Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2017 following the establishment of the alliance between the two trusts. Matthew is responsible for the day-to-day running of both Yeovil District Hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital and the community hospitals in Somerset. Matthew has worked in the NHS in the South West since 1998. Prior to coming to Taunton, he managed medical and surgical services at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for over a decade, and was part of the management team when that trust became one of the country’s first foundation hospitals. He led the trust’s delivery of new models of care for older people, which included a strong focus on integration with services outside hospital. He helped establish the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, of which he became an honorary fellow, teaching undergraduate medical students about healthcare management. He was also involved in the commissioning of specialist services and the development of joint working for health authorities across Devon and Cornwall. Matthew joined the NHS on the national general management training scheme, after graduating from Oxford University. He is a trustee of Hospiscare, the palliative care provider for Exeter, East and mid-Devon, and a visiting specialist at Plymouth University Medical School.