Steve, an electrical engineer, has worked in the world of energy for over 35 years and has held executive level roles in major, international engineering companies. Born in Stoke and living in Stafford, Steve started as a student apprentice at GEC locally. His career was built in technical and manufacturing roles, leading into senior commercial, general management and executive posts, both in the UK and overseas. Most recently, Steve led the commercial activities of GE Power in Europe, supplying power plants and transmission systems, and was previously the UK Country President for the Alstom Group supplying projects and equipment for electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and also rail transportation. Throughout his time with ABB, Alstom and GE, Steve has worked on the development of renewable energy activities including onshore and offshore wind, concentrated solar, wave and tidal power. Steve has also always been active in his local community, having held a number of posts including the Chairman of the Board of Staffordshire University, Deputy Chair of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Interim Chair and Non-Executive Director University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Today Steve is Chairman of South Staffordshire FE College. Additionally, Steve is an Advisory Board Member to Strategy International Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of Off-Grid Energy Ltd and has just completed a term of office as Deputy President of the French Chamber of Great Britain.