Matthew Smerdon joined The Legal Education Foundation at the end of October 2013 as its Chief Executive.
Matthew has worked in the foundation sector since 2004 when he joined the Baring Foundation as Deputy Director. Whilst there, he developed programmes supporting the legal advice sector, latterly on supporting the sector to adapt to the new environment of reduced public funding and increased need for services. Much of this work has been done in partnership with other UK foundations and City law firms and via engagement with policy makers.
Previously Matthew was Director of Community Work at Community Links in east London where he continued as an advisor from 2004-2012, supporting research and development projects and, from 2007-2009 being seconded to the Prime Minister’s Council on Social Action. He is the author of publications on legal advice, social action, public services, the voluntary sector and grant making.
In September 2013, Matthew was appointed to the Civil Justice Council.