Business correspondent and personal finance editor since 1998, four times Scottish financial writer of the year, and once journalist of the year. Likes bringing business personalities to life, responding to unhappy consumers, and investigating bust businesses and the murkier corners of money. Highly commended in the 2013 UK Regional Press Awards.
Aviva faced one of the biggest ever investor protests last May, with a 50% vote against its re-muneration report, prompted largely by the £2.5m pay-out to Mr Matthews.
Now the Australian who made his mark in Edinburgh as Standard's UK chief executive from 2004 to 2008 is in line for another pay-off, after picking up almost £1m in "gardening leave" payments from Standard and Friends Life for staying at home for a total 12 months in 2008 and 2011.