Steve was first elected to the council in May 2007. Born in Manchester in 1955, he came to Beeston as a student in 1975 and soon decided to settle this side of the Pennines. Following a period as a secondary school physics teacher, he set up a building business which, at its peak, employed 10 local people. Forever seeking new challenges, he worked as former MP Nick Palmer's assistant from 2005 to 2010 and for Graham Allen MP for Nottingham North until Steve's retirement in 2014.
Steve chairs the Development Control Committee, the Planning Policy Working Group and the Greater Nottingham Joint Planning Advisory Board. He also sits on the HS2 Working Group.
"I am delighted and honoured to be a Beeston Councillor during such an exciting period of its development. We have a state of the art light rail system coming to the town which will hopefully catalyse a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Square. Beeston now has the best rail service ever, since the station opened in 1839, with a 25% increase in passenger use over the last five years. Coming from close to the Hulme flats in Manchester I am only too aware of how planners can get things so horribly wrong; I am determined that working with the community and the excellent staff at Broxtowe we shall ensure that Beeston becomes a town of which we will all be proud."
Steve's more active interests include hill walking, rock scrambling and cycling. He visited the Himalayas in 1996 and forged a link between Mustang, a tiny mountain kingdom 200 miles from the nearest road, and Beeston. This culminated in a visit by their High Lama to Chilwell Road Methodist church where the Lama made a Sand Mandala as a symbol of everlasting friendship.