Matthew Slater by Luke Hails Matthew Slater Matthew is a father of four grown-up children and professionally has been an educator over 27 years. A former headteacher and executive headteacher, Matthew is now CEO of a Multi Academy Trust specialising in supporting children with social, emotional and mental health needs. Originally from Lancashire but with 30 years of living in the south – Matthew is committed to supporting local young people. Matthew’s other passion is swimming. In 2021 he successfully crossed the English Channel in a relay swim, completed a solo crossing of Coniston Water in 2022, and is due to swim the Thames Marathon in 2023.