The Contender - Founders

Matt Williams

The self-awareness Matt has developed around his own evolutionary process allows him to stand alongside others who are struggling as a non-judgemental mentor. It is this capacity that he brings to his work with youth.

He is a firm believer in the change that can be created in sharing his story, with young people and adults alike benefiting from the lessons derived from his lived experiences in workshops and keynote speaking.

As a youth worker, facilitator, mediator, and trainer Matt spent the best part of a decade working in youth justice in Australia, and is widely regarded as an expert in program design and facilitation. He takes a holistic approach to addressing young people’s offending behavior and consults in the professional development of stakeholders to the youth justice arena and Child Protection system. 

It has been by virtue of the combination of his life and industry experiences that Matt came to recognise the service gaps that young people were slipping through time and time again, before moving to found Chin Up Project in 2017, rebranding as The Contender with Todd, Lui and Haize in 2019.