Matthew (Matt) Birney was a Member of the WA Parliament for nearly eight years before voluntarily retiring at the 2008 election to pursue other interests. During that time he held the positions of Leader of the Opposition, Shadow State Treasurer for WA, Shadow Minister for Commerce and International Trade and Shadow Minister for Police. Mr Birney is also the former Deputy Chairman of the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) Joint Standing Committee which is the body that has oversight responsibility for the CCC. Prior to entering Parliament, Mr Birney commenced, owned and operated a string of successful businesses in various fields and he still maintains a number of private business interests today. Mr Birney was also the founding non-executive chairman of publicly listed carbon credit supplier Carbon Conscious at the time of its listing and oversaw the signing of carbon credit supply contracts worth up to $180m when fully executed. In 2013, Mr Birney started the government, investor and public relations firm Birney Corporate in West Perth. Mr Birney was a 2003 Business News 40under40 winner.