Matthew was a Programme Officer within the Corporate Affairs Department at ACCORD. He was involved in providing research and support to various projects as well as providing general legal advice.
Matthew obtained his LLB and Masters in Law from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His dissertation focused on the international and domestic regulation of the private military security industry, a subject on which he has subsequently published on. Matthew initially worked as a candidate attorney before lecturing contract law and international criminal law at the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.