The news comes after the FSSC was relicensed at the end of March by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and a panel of ministers, following a strategic review.
Matthews has experience within the field of financial education and professionalism having previously served as president of the Chartered Insurance Institute from July 2008 to July 2009.
Matthews says: “Today’s economy is overwhelmingly driven by the knowledge and skills of individuals, and nowhere more so than in finance, accountancy and financial services.
“By working in full partnership with employers, professional bodies and education providers, we will ensure the sector is able to attract the talent and develop the skills needed to remain the world’s leading financial services centre.”
FSSC interim chief executive Liz Field says: “Trevor needs no introduction to the industry, and my team here is excited to have his expertise and enthusiasm driving our work forward. His appointment reflects our strategic approach, which places employers’ needs, experiences and involvement firmly at the centre of everything we do.”
Roy Leighton, who stepped down as chairman this week, having steered the FSSC’s strategic review and relicensing, adds: “I’m delighted that Trevor agreed to chair the FSSC to guide it through its next stage of development.
“Finance is a people business and Trevor is totally committed to the importance of having a skilled workforce in our industry.”
Matthews joins existing FSSC board members Resolution chief executive officer and former FSA CEO John Tiner, British Bankers’ Association chief executive officer Angela Knight, Standard Life managing director John Gill, former Financial Reporting Council chief executive officer Paul Boyle, KPMG vice chairman Brendan Nelson and The Red House managing director Gareth Marr.