Steve was educated at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton and joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 1976.  He has held a series of posts in the Fire Service - Royal Berkshire 1986, West Midlands 1989 and was appointed Deputy Chief Fire officer of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1998 before being appointed Chief Fire Officer in 1999.  In 2009 Steve returned to Greater Manchester Fire Service, where he began his career, as County Fire officer and Chief Executive in 2009.

Steve continued his education whilst in the Fire Service and now holds a Masters Degree in Management, an Honours Degree in Political and Social Science and a BSc in Fire Safety, Technology and Management.  He attended the Civil Service “Top Managers” programme in 2002.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Steve was a Board member of the Chief Fire Officers Association [CFOA] for over seven years leading for the Association on HR and Equality matters.  He was elected President of CFOA from 2007-08 and has also been the Principal Advisor on Fire and Rescue matters to the Local Government Association.

He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1996, the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2002, and a CBE in 2005.

Steve was one of the youngest Chief Officers ever appointed having now led three Fire and Rescue Services, and has been at the centre of the change and transformation of the Fire and Rescue Service over the last few years, especially with his national work.  He has been a strong advocate of using the positive identity of the Service for a greater community benefit – in particular with young people – and has enjoyed a long association with many organisations for example, the Princes Trust.  He is also a Board member of RECLAIM.

Steve is married to Julie and they have two daughters.  He “tries” to keep reasonably fit and also enjoys reading (having become a slave to his “Kindle”)