Stephen joined in 2023 as the centre manager for the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery. He is responsible for day-to-day operations of the centre; managing the communication and program management processes across the multiple workstreams and assisting the directors in delivering against the strategic plan to meet the centre's core aims.

Stephen has over a decade's worth of experience in project and program management and has been a keynote speaker at international project management conferences. After a career delivering digital and tech projects for multi-national companies, he moved to working in international development. He was responsible delivering the technology component for one of DfID's SPHEIR programs (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform) which used online tools to mentor and train junior doctors, nurses and midwifes in Somaliland.

More recently he studied forestry at Bangor University and has been working on environmental regeneration projects on Prosopis-affected farmlands in East Africa; as well working on forestry related projects in the UK through the Royal Forestry Society.