Stephen was appointed CEO in May 2021. He has been at Big Society Capital since 2016, working for four years as Head of Strategy and Market Development and then as interim CEO since May 2020. During this time, Stephen has led on the organisation’s strategy planning, building strong relationships across Big Society Capital’s range of stakeholders, from the social and public sectors to institutional investors and latterly leading the organisation in its response to the pandemic.
Stephen joined Big Society Capital from the Civil Service, where he held the post of Director, Criminal Justice Policy at the Ministry of Justice, and before that, senior posts in the Cabinet Office and Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Stephen is Chair of Friends Provident Foundation, a charity that makes grants and uses its endowment towards a fair and sustainable economic system that serves society and a Trustee of Fair Trials, a global criminal justice watchdog. He is a Policy Fellow at the Institute of Policy Research, University of Bath and his book Culture and Values at the Heart of Policy Making was published in 2020.