Stephen is a retired investment banker who has over 40 years’ experience in Wealth Management, Investment Banking, Stockbroking and Fund Management. He has been Chief executive of three significant financial institutions, Oppenheimer International, Gerrard Investment Management and Moscow Narodny Bank/VTB Capital where he became Chairman. He is a non-executive director of Nutmeg the on-line investment management business and Access Bank UK. He spent 27 years with the NatWest Bank Group and was a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at County NatWest.
An Honours Graduate in Financial Services from UMIST and a former Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School, Stephen regularly lectures on Corporate Governance, Financial Services and Risk Management. He was Pro Chancellor and Chair of the Governing Body of Canterbury Christ Church University 2013-2017, by which he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to Higher Education and the Community.
Stephen’s current activities include Chairman of Medway Maritime Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chairman, Marshalls Charity (Church of England), Chairman 3H Fund, and Senior Adviser and Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
In 2011, Stephen was Master of The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights (Chairman of the Battle Back Appeal and Trustee of the Wheelwrights Charity). He is also a past Chairman of the Broad Street Ward Club and former Deputy Chairman, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. He holds the Order of Mercy in recognition of his significant contribution to the Charity, as well as the Hero Medal from Help for Heroes for his work with Battle Back.
Stephen has been a Territorial Army Officer and holds the Territorial Decoration. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.