Matthew is a recovery planning expert with more than 25 years of experience in this sector. Matthew graduated from Oxford University with a BA and MA Hons degrees in geography, with a specialization in economic and social impacts of tourist development on island states. He also holds an MSc degree in international development from the University of London, with a specialization in capacity building. Matthew has led the development and delivery of national recovery programmes in more than 28 countries on behalf of the UK government, United Nations, European Union, the World Bank and most recently as a founding director of a leading recovery specialist consultancy firm in the UK. He was deployed to the Virgin Islands as a Recovery Adviser immediately after the 2017 disasters but has been a regular visitor to the BVI since 1984.