Making science as accessible as oxygen
Matthew’s mission is to make science as accessible as oxygen, to ignite curiosity and inspire courageous thinking, empowering people to drive positive change and combat environmental destruction.
Matthew holds a 1st Class Oxford MChem, and is an award-winning science communicator.
Matthew has spoken for TEDxLondon and UN Ops, appeared across the BBC, given keynotes from Wildlife Trusts to the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, has over 25 million online video views, and his podcast, A Piece of String, is supported by QI co-founder, John Mitchinson.
"It's impossible to get bored in Matthew's shows - even the most worrying topics become captivating, fun and hopeful. Everyone leaves feeling energised, optimistic and wanting more.”
– Rebecca Hardacre, Patagonia Europe
"On an all-star lineup featuring Lord Robert Winston, Matthew's talk was so popular that afterwards he was mobbed by our students, wanting to take selfies and ask him questions."
– Nick Abrams, Head of Science, Bede's
A decade of teaching
As a teacher, Matthew has a decade of experience perfecting an engaging and imaginative approach, inspiring a long-term love of learning in his students, supporting them to outstanding results. He is one of the most in-demand tutors in London.
“Knowledge is expansive and the education that you provide travels beyond the classroom and is much more important than a grade at the end. You cultivate the mind and shape the understanding of the world for these young people.”
– M A (mother)
Changing the conversation
As an environmentalist, Matthew has run numerous campaigns, supported by the likes of Paul McCartney, the University of Cambridge, Friends of The Earth and the Eden Project. He is a Patagonia Change Maker and a member of 1% For The Planet.
In 2019, Matthew’s campaign group, Planet A, organised for 1,000 trees to arrive outside the UK parliament. The action saw over 400 MPs collect trees, and led to the UK’s tree planting plans multiplying by a factor of 100.
Matthew’s music, now under the name Ash Lad, has been supported by BBC Radio 1, The Times, The Guardian and NME.
Matthew likes climbing, baking, squash, gardening, salsa dancing, fireworks, mountain biking, hockey, origami, kites, ancient history and is a big fan of dogs.