Matt is deeply connected to Currumbin Beach and its famed, rivermouth surf break, The Alley. “I check the surf there most days and surf there whenever I can,” says Matt. “I grew up swimming and surfing there, now my kids swim and surf there. It’s a central part of our lives on the Gold Coast.” Matt combines this enviable, coastal lifestyle with an impressive career as a proven leader in the global sports and major event industries, with over 20 years’ experience. He’s held positions at the senior management and executive officer level for state, national and international sporting organisations before segueing to his dream job in the Arts with Placemakers Gold Coast. Matt’s also a recent graduate in Master of Business Administration (MBA) supported by a Bachelor of Business Degree with majors in Sport Management and Tourism and a Post Graduate Certificate in International Sports Law.