After a career working to improve people's lives, first 17 years in the NHS culminating in a Board level Director of Nursing post, followed by 27 years as the Chief Executive of the national learning disability charity Choice Support, Steven elected to take an early retirement in May 2018.
Steven is now keen to use his skills and experience to continue to contribute to health and social care and associated sectors through a portfolio type career that will also allow him to devote some time to focus on writing and pursue personal charitable interests. Whilst possessing the skill, experience and enthusiasm to undertake interim appointments at a CEO level in large or smaller organisations he is equally interested in appointments at an operational level, leading a specific project or consultancy work.
Areas of expertise include:
- Learning disability and autism
- Health, social care management and charity management
- Change and project management
- Individual Service Funds
- Charity mergers
- Supporting families with Personal Health Budgets or Direct Payments
- Learning Disability Nursing
- Helping charities to grow
In addition to being a Fellow of the Centre for Welfare Reform Steven is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Learning Disability Research and Policy Development at Buckingham New University and a Fellow of the RSA. In 2015 Steven was awarded the European Society for Person Centred Health Care's (ESPCHC) Platinum medal. This is the Society's highest award for proven outstanding and long term commitment to the person-centered care of people living with profound learning disabilities. In 2017 he was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship of the ESPCHC.
Since 1975 Steven has published over one hundred articles, letters and book chapters. Recent publications include: How Unofficial Social Policy Drives Change, Breaking the ATU Impasse and Alternatives to ATUs.
Steven's vision is of a fairer society with a more equitable distribution of welfare benefits through a system that is designed to hand over control from the state to the individual.
Steven lives in Hampshire and his interests include his family, mountaineering, long distance walking, camping, travel and overland expeditions (including four independent drives to Africa between 2002 and 2017), skydiving, writing, public speaking, playing chess, inventing, and good food and wine. He is currently involved in supporting a Berber family in a remote mountainous region of Morocco (since 2002); and since 2014 supporting the charity Shuktara that provides homes and care for disabled and abused children abandoned on the streets of Kolkata. In September 2018 he is attempting a non-stop 135 miles walk encompassing three crossings of the principality of Wales to raise funds for Shuktara.