Matthew Rivers, Group Special Advisor

Matthew advises the Executive Committee on sustainability policy strategy.

A former Corporate Affairs Director and member of the Executive Committee, Matthew has also previously been Chairman of our US business, Drax Biomass Inc., ensuring good integration between the UK and US business operations.

External appointments:

  • Member of the Board, Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)

Previous experience:


  • Drax Group (Corporate Affairs Director and Chairman, Drax Biomass Inc.)
  • UPM (Finland) (Director – Overseas Wood & Biomass Sourcing, Director – Energy Biomass)
  • UPM Tilhill (UK) (Managing Director – for the UK’s largest private sector forest management and timber harvesting business)
  • Forestal Oriental (Uruguay) (Managing Director – responsible for plantation management and wood supply)

Non Executive

  • Chairman, Drax Biomass Inc.
  • Member of the Board, US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA)


  • (For) Hons, Forestry Aberdeen
  • B.A., Strathclyde
  • Fellow Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Chartered Environmentalist