Stephen retired from Police Scotland in June 2017 as a Divisional Commander having had extensive operational and specialist policing experience including 10 years working in counter terrorism specialising in protective security. Stephen was a hostage and crisis negotiator for 16 years, 9 of which included membership of the UK's international negotiator cadre during which he was deployed on a number of occasions in the management of terrorist related international kidnaps. Stephen was a member of the International Negotiator working group from 2006-2017, where he influenced cooperation and policy on international negotiation specialising in counter terrorist negotiation. He continues to train organisations in negotiation and influence and in 2018 was appointed to CEPOLS expert panel on counter terrorism specialising in counter terrorist negotiation and leadership.
Stephen has been a graduate member of the British Psychological Society since 1990, ensuring continuous professional development in this area, he recently completed a certificate in behaviour change at Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London. Since leaving the Police, Stephen has developed a portfolio of non executive and consultancy work in the field of health care and risk management and specialises in working with organisations to take a preventative proactive approach to the mental wellbeing of staff.
In 2018 Stephen was appointed as a Non executive Director of the NHS Golden Jubilee, where he Chairs the Finance, Planning and Performance Committee and NHS Forth Valley. He has been extensively involved in the NHS COVID 19 response and recovery planning. He is also a Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Risk Management Authority who have the responsibility to ensure high risk offenders are managed effectively. Stephen also finds time to support the voluntary and third sector, he is currently a Trustee with the Samaritans in Scotland and Chair of Lifelink, a Glasgow based third sector organisation who provide stress management, counselling and school based support, with a significant footprint in areas of multiple social deprivation with the emphasis in encouraging communities to become more resilient and improve overall quality of life.