Stephen took on the role of Chair of the West of England LEP in June 2016.
Previously Stephen was the Chair of Business West and is currently Chair of Retail Economics (bespoke research consultancy), non-executive director of fast growing Timpson Group (privately held services retailer), Hargreaves Lansdown plc (FTSE 100 consumer financial services) and Clipper Retail Logistics plc. Stephen is Visiting Professor to Bristol Business School, University West of England.
Stephen’s career started in marketing roles in fmcg businesses – Unilever, Alberto Culver, Mars Inc, Mattel – before serving on the boards of major UK retailers.
Stephen spent 7 years as marketing director at B&Q before leading the acquisition of Screwfix Direct which he then chaired through a period of strong growth. He went on to become director of communications at Kingfisher plc and took the helm of the Ellen MacArthur sponsorship programme. Subsequently, he served on the boards of WH Smith and Woolworths.
Stephen was Director General of British Retail Consortium for 5 years to the end of 2012. The BRC represents UK retail, large and small, lobbying governments and near-government organisations, as well as producing key retail data. Through this role Stephen appeared frequently on TV, radio and press to discuss business issues.
Previously he was a non-executive board member at National Portrait Gallery Company and Fresca Group (fresh produce supplier).
He is a fellow, and former chairman, of the Marketing Society, a fellow of Royal Society of Arts, a fellow of Chartered Management Institute and a member Emeritus of the Marketing Group of Great Britain.
The Chair of the LEP is able to claim expenses on the same basis as officers of Bath and North East Somerset Council. Details of these expenses are published.