Stephen is one of 12 independent members of the Board and has been a member since August 2008. He is chair of the Employment Committee and the Research Complex Circumstances Committee (for the Research Excellence Framework), and a member of the Remuneration Committee (for the Research Excellence Framework), the Professorial Board, and the Staff and Student Appeals Committees.
He is a graduate of the university’s (formerly Brighton Polytechnic) Brighton Business School with a Business Studies BA.
Stephen has held senior human resources positions and directorships in the private sector. He has been employed with NYSE: Willis Group Holdings since 1996, and served as Group, Board and Operating Committee director as well as a Remuneration Committee member and registered Financial Services Authority (FSA) member for Willis UK Ltd.
He has also worked with S.C. Johnson & Son Inc in North America, Europe and Africa, Grand Metropolitan, Xerox Corporation and the Ford Motor Company Ltd.
During his career he has been appointed to various associations: Fellow of the CIPD, Member of the American Society of Human Resource Managers, Member of the International Human Resources Society and Member of the Institute of Directors.
He has held a number of non-executive directorships including the Ministry of Defence Tri-Services Strategic Personnel Board.
Stephen currently advises small business and individuals on employment and total remuneration matters. He is a Director Trustee of the Johnson Wax Ltd Retirement and Life Assurance Plan. He also acts as a mentor to university students and graduates, as well as supporting the development of young people through organisations such as the National Trust and other voluntary groups.