Steve retired as Chief Executive officer of Training 2000 Limited which is one of the largest Group Training Associations in England in August 2018. During this period Steve has played a key role in steering the growth of the Company, its investments and the training organisation's strategy regarding skills development, apprenticeships and study programmes working along side Large and SME employers nationally. Prior to his retirement he was a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry, a member of the Lancashire LEP Skills and Employment Board, a member of Group Training Association England board and a board member of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.
He was instrumental in establishing the Lancashire Work Based Learning Forum, The North West Provider Network, the Group Training Association England (GTAE) and one of the first University Technical Colleges in the country which in Victoria Mill in Burnley Lancashire.
Steve also played a key role in the University of Central Lancashire’s acquisition of Training 2000 in 2017 which enabled apprentices to progress onto higher apprenticeships.
Starting his career in 1980 as an apprentice auto electrician at Seddon Atkinson Vehicles, Steve then moved to Ribble Motors Bus Company in 1981 to complete his apprenticeship and become a skilled auto electrician. He left Ribble Motors in 1986 to pursue a career as an electrician at British Aerospace now BAE SYSTEMS where he held a number of positions over the years in training and development linked to projects such as Tornado, Hawk, Nimrod and Eurofighter.