Stephen joined the BID Board in 2016 and represents the interests of members in the education sector. He has a strong background in finance, and most recently was Commercial Development Director at Nottingham Trent University. He is also on the board of Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Stephen is a qualified Accountant, having started his career at Bass plc, progressing into several senior financial roles in the company’s pubs, restaurants and holiday centre subsidiaries. He then moved to Crest Hotels and was part of a small team that acquired, for Bass, Holiday Inn. Upon completion of the acquisition, he became Chief Financial Officer for Holiday Inn – Europe, Middle East and Africa and later moved to Hong Kong as Chief Financial Officer and Head of IT for Holiday Inn – Asia Pacific.
He was later seconded, as acting Managing Director, to establish new businesses in South Africa for Bass’s Leisure subsidiary. Stephen was then invited to join the Board of John Ryan Company and was appointed Executive Vice-President and Global Chief Financial Officer, with additional responsibility for IT, Logistics and HR. His next move was to join the Board of easyCar as Finance Director/Company Secretary. In 2003, Stephen joined Nottingham Trent University where he held the post of Chief Financial and Operations Officer and was co-opted as an executive member of the Board of Governors for 12 years. He was appointed as Commercial Development Director in 2015, a position he held until 2017.