Matthew Ridley Governor Profile

Matthew Ridley – Staff Governor

I was elected onto the governing body in November 2021, having previously attended most governing body meetings for the last 8 years as a member of the school senior leadership team.


I have previously been co-opted governor at the local secondary school, Armthorpe Academy.


My professional background is in finance having started working in accountancy practices from the age of 18 and gaining a Chartered Accountant qualification. I continued to work in accounting until joining Shaw Wood as Head of Business in 2014.


I’m excited to see what the future holds for Shaw Wood and being on the governing body will hopefully enable me to contribute even more to Armthorpe community as a whole, but specifically the children, staff and parents at our school.


My interests are varied, I am a Manchester United fan and I go to watch them as often as possible. I also enjoy reading, socialising and playing sports.