Matt has been in the conservation field for 14 years. His career began in the iconic Kruger National Park, instilling in him a very strong conservation foundation and understanding of the complex management of protecting wildlife. From Kruger, he went on to consult on various projects in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Matt came to Grumeti in 2008, as a Section Manager, where he was able to apply himself to the field-based conservation and law enforcement aspects of this inspiring conservation project, becoming fluent in Swahili in the process. In 2016, with the implementation of a new management structure, Matt was promoted to the role of Conservation Manager. His new position focuses on important and exciting initiatives, such as the black rhino range expansion program, invasive alien plant eradication, fire management and numerous other conservation-related projects.
Matt grew up in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. His passion for wildlife was molded during his days at Durban High School, where he was exposed to wildlife through school trips to the Timbavati Nature Reserve. He formalized his love of conservation with a Diploma in Nature Conservation from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and is now pursuing an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from Cambridge University.
Being involved at Grumeti has been the greatest experience of Matt’s life and he considers it an absolute privilege to be a part of such a dedicated team of conservation practitioners working in one of the world’s most iconic protected areas. Having been intimately involved in this project for nearly ten years has allowed Matt to witness a remarkable turnaround at Grumeti in terms of natural resource protection and, importantly, in the upliftment and development of local communities.