After 25 years working in the utilities business, Steve went on to work in executive coaching and training during which he collaborated with others to develop and deliver learning programmes to clients in both public, and private sectors. 

For the last 10 years he has worked as a self-employed VCS Consultant in his home City of Sunderland providing critical support at board and operational levels in the BME Community. In 2016, he provided support to boost the impact of the Young Foundation’s “Communities Can” project and is currently providing support in the restructure of a local Infrastructure organisation in Sunderland.

Sunderland is a City that has high levels of deprivation across all parts of the community, particularly elements of the BME community. The City has suffered greatly from cuts in public funding and services. As a result, the VCS has become increasingly creative in how it responds to challenges and addresses gaps in services. It is the combination of service to the community, collaboration and creativity that inspires him.

He believes that being part of the ICS Advisory Board will provide an opportunity to both extend his knowledge of provision around the UK and provide new opportunities to inform and support the VCS Community in Sunderland and beyond. 

Steve is older than he wants to be but not as wise as he would like to be! 

A father to five humans and three cats, he lives in Washington where he attempts to battle the onset of old age by keeping physically active playing Football, Squash and Cricket. 

A loyal and determined team player, he has a love of the Lake District, Iain Rankin’s Rebus novels, the music of Bruce Springsteen and Elbow, stand-up comedy stretching from the sublime to the ridiculous and, despite aversion therapy, still supports Sunderland AFC. He has appeared on the Tv quiz show “15 to 1” and exceeded his own expectations by not getting knocked out in the first round of questions.  In a diverse career he has worked as a debt collector, a free-lance sports reporter - pre-Alan Partridge - and is the go-to person to act as an MC at VCS events in Sunderland if the chosen presenter drops out at short notice.

His sense of humour is an acquired taste that is not immediately apparent to or appreciated by all, particularly his long-suffering partner of 15 years.