Steve started his fire service career as a retained firefighter on the Isle of Wight in 1990 and the following year became a wholetime firefighter. Steve was seconded to central Government in 2004 to work on the new audit and inspection process. On his return to service, Steve moved through the ranks and in 2011 was appointed Chief Fire Officer for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, the first ever former retained firefighter to do so. Steve led significant improvement and change for the service which was recognised as the most improved fire service in the UK.
Following the strategic partnership with Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Fire & Rescue Service in 2015, Steve initially transferred to HIWFRS and following a period of secondment as the Deputy Chief Fire Officer to East Sussex Fire Service, Steve was appointed Deputy Commissioner in London Fire Brigade in 2016. He was responsible for safety and risk for LFB and attended many significant incidents including the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack and Grenfell Tower fire.
In 2019, Steve returned to HIWFRS as Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Director of Policy & Planning with responsibility for all areas of strategy and risk. During the services response to Covid-19, Steve has led the Service’s response as Gold commander and is responsible for our planning and response to the pandemic alongside partners within the Local Resilience Forum. Steve is also responsible for the formal combination of both Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire Services as we become one single service in April 2021.
Steve is a trustee of two fire service charities, Fire Aid and the Firefighters Trust and is a former Chair of the World and UK Rescue Organisations of which he is a patron.