Matthew Elliott is Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance.
Matthew was born and brought up in Leeds, where he attended Moor Allerton Hall Primary School, St Matthew’s Middle School, and Leeds Grammar School. He moved to London in 1997 to study at the London School of Economics, where he graduated with a First class B.Sc. in Government.
Whilst at the LSE, Matthew was involved with the LSE Hayek Society and worked for the European Foundation – Britain’s leading Eurorealist think-tank. After graduation, Matthew worked for a number of MPs and MEPs in the House of Commons and the European Parliament.
In 2004, he founded the TaxPayers’ Alliance with Andrew Allum and Florence Heath. Under his leadership, the TPA has grown from operating as a group of volunteers meeting in various coffee shops around London, to employing six members of staff working from offices in London and Birmingham.
In 2006, the TPA won the ConservativeHome “One to Watch” award and in 2007 the Bumper Book of Government Waste was awarded the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award. In November 2007, Matthew was presented with the Conservative Way Forward ‘One of Us’ award by William Hague at the CWF annual dinner, and in December the TPA won the Stockholm Network's prestigious Golden Umbrella award for Innovation.
Outside of his work at the TPA, Matthew has visited Azerbaijan (2000), Ukraine (2001) and Serbia (2006) on behalf of the Westminster Foundation.
In June 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce and answered questions from ConservativeHome readers. Matthew is on the Advisory Council of the European Foundation and the Young Briton’s Foundation and on the Advisory Committee of the New Culture Forum.