Chief Executive since January 2015, Stephen began his career as a mathematician and worked in the banking industry for 17 years. In 2000 he was appointed a director of Tearfund, with responsibility for its use of business as a tool of development, before his move to UK Community Foundations in 2005.

Stephen has enjoyed the company of older people from his student days when he was part of a team that led worship in a care home and visited those who were housebound.  Loneliness of older people was one of the key priorities that UK Community Foundations addressed latterly though its award winning "Surviving Winter" campaigns that Stephen co-ordinated.

Stephen worships at Christ Church Harpenden and for many years ran the Crusaders (Urban Saints) youth group in the town.  He still helps occasionally, but is now part of the team that reaches out to the residents of a local residential care home.

Stephen is married to Susan and they have three grown up children.