Stephen is a Chartered Town Planner and recognised advocate for Urban Design excellence, with more than 30 years' professional experience, receiving the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North West Regional Leadership Award (2012). Experienced in planning and delivering health and housing projects, and all aspects of masterplanning and town centre work.

During the intense period of Private Finance Initiative Investment in the National Health Service (NHS) Estate, Stephen provided masterplanning advice to numerous major hospitals as they put in place their projects for development. He has worked extensively with Local Authorities and Regeneration Agencies across the UK, advising on masterplanning and town centre strategies. Work with Tameside Council was particularly noteworthy and longstanding.

As Managing Director, then Chairman of a successful multidisciplinary design practice, Stephen has also held the following positions: RTPI Chair Urban Design Network; Deputy Chair Manchester Conservation and Design Panel; NHS Design Advisory Group member; HS2 Ambassador and first generation CABE Enabler. He has also held close associations with urban design and town planning schools across the UK.