A graduate engineer, Steve started his career in the oil industry, working for American Oil giant Conoco in the North Sea.
A long period at Mars Inc followed, mostly at Mars Electronics, where Steve moved to France to run Western Europe and became the general manager of the Swiss banknote recognition business, Sodeco. Later, Steve was part of the team that sold Marconi Instruments to IFR, Inc, before spending the following 6 years at Oxford Instruments, as Managing Director of its Superconductivity Division.
He then moved on to Serco, where he was the Director of the National Physical Laboratory and, latterly, the Managing Director of the Serco Defence Operations business, before becoming the CEO of AIM-listed Avingtrans plc in 2008.
Until 2016, Steve was also a non-executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.