Steve qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1987 after training with the Kenning MotorGroup Plc and The Readson Group.
After qualifying, he joined the Assi Packaging Group to lead the finance function at its North West operations in Cheshire before joining the Datacolor Group as Finance Director of its manufacturing operations in the UK.
Datacolor International was a world leader in the Colour Match prediction and measurement market with Sales, Distribution, Support and R&D activities. Steve progressed to become FD for all UK operations and for the Group’s activities in North West Europe, which were serviced by offices in France, Belgium and Sweden. During this time, he was involved with developing and implementing corporate strategy, including corporate acquisitions and disposals, fundraising and management of Real Estate assets.
Steve joined the Nikal team during its first year of trading. In addition to bringing financial expertise to deal structuring, fundraising and securing grants, Steve has been actively involved in establishing Joint Venture relationships.
During the economic downturn that followed the financial crisis, Steve was heavily involved in financial restructuring, including debt buy back and acquisitions. His input helped Nikal maintain, and move forward in, a solid financial and operational position.