Stephen studied Marine Environmental Science at the University of Portsmouth after studying for his A-levels at New College, Swindon where he undertook A-levels in Biology, Geography and General Studies.
Stephen’s first job was delivering papers in his local area every morning when he was 14 before becoming a part time sales assistant at a local sports store. On completing his studies at the University of Portsmouth, Stephen took up the role of Fishery Officer with Marine Scotland on the Isle of Skye. During his time as a Fishery Officer he undertook inspections of landings by fishing vessels in the Skye district and undertook enforcement action when required. After living and working on the Isle of Skye for 2 years Stephen moved back down south where he took on a new career path as an Offshore Geophysical Engineer on seismic survey vessels. This role took Stephen around the world to work in such places as Trinidad, Suriname, Namibia and Angola as well as the not as glamourous but just as important Hull and Sunderland.
Working as a Geophysical Engineer Stephen was involved in undertaking large projects to map the sub sea bed strata, this allowed oil and gas companies to safely place rigs by highlighting any hazards in their area of operation. Stephen’s role included the maintenance of seismic survey equipment, data capture and primary data quality analysis, but when also required, he undertook Geotechnical and Environmental roles as well as crane operation.
Having lived and worked by the sea for a large part of his life Stephen became involved as a volunteer with the charity the RNLI, where he volunteers as a crew member on the lifeboats and helps to raise funds. Stephen has been volunteer crew on and off since 2002 serving on Lifeboats in the Isle of Man, Isle of Skye and now at his present station in West Mersea. Stephen has taken part in the Boxing Day Dip on Mersea Island every year since moving to the island to help raise funds for the RNLI.