As Deputy Chief Executive of Southern Arts in the 1990s he led the Board’s capital strategy, local authority partnerships and the development and implementation of National Lottery-funded grant programmes.
He went on to be Programme Manager of Awards for All, the £50million National Lottery scheme for voluntary groups, establishing it as a long-term community grants programme, before joining HLF where he was Deputy Director of Operations from 2001-2010. In addition to overseeing the work of regional teams, Stephen managed operational partnerships with the Countryside Agency, English Heritage, National Youth Agency and others.
Since 2010 Stephen has worked as an independent arts and heritage consultant with clients including a wide range of museums, local authorities, the National Trust, campaign groups and arts organisations, for whom he provides advice on strategy, governance, fundraising, business and activity planning, project development and evaluation.
He has been a trustee/chair of a wide variety of cultural bodies including Culture Southampton, the Nuffield Theatre, Arts Research and Creative Partnerships. He is currently a board member of award winning art/architecture innovator SPUD, and chairs the board of Winchester Poetry Festival of which he is a co-founder. He has published two volumes of poetry and lives in the Blackmore Vale in Dorset.