Steve has been ensconced in politics for many years, having spent 14 years as an elected Member of Oswestry Borough Council (1985 – 1999) during which time he held positions including Chair of the Planning & Development Committee and Chair of the Policy & Resources Committee. Steve also served on Shropshire County Council during this time, giving him in depth understanding of local government operations.
Steve also served as Special Adviser to UK Government Chief Whip, The Rt. Hon. Hilary Armstrong MP (during the Premiership of Tony Blair), based in both Downing Street and the House of Commons. In this role he advised on all elements of political strategy development, legislative issues, backbench sentiment intelligence and media management. Latterly, Steve served as Special Adviser to the Welsh Government Cabinet (2009 – 2014). This role included responsibility for media and communications (including strategic communications). He advised on all aspects of media and communications including political strategy and was tasked with liaising with backbenchers in support of the First Minister, Chief Whip and Government Business Minister. Steve’s private sector experience includes providing strategic, political, communications and crisis management advice for clients both in the UK and Caribbean across a range of sectors including energy.