Group Strategy Director and Managing Director Government Affairs
Steve joined Wates in 2010 and is responsible for Wates’ Group Strategy, Group Communications and Government Affairs. He is accountable for guiding, informing and co-ordinating relationships with government departments, including the Department for Education, MOD Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Ministry of Justice.
In his previous role as Managing Director Education and Investment Solutions, Steve was instrumental in the development of Adapt – our kit-of-spaces design solution for cost effective schools. He was also responsible for investments across the Wates Group, focused around social infrastructure.
With over 28 years’ experience, Steve has an excellent industry track record. He began his career as an Engineer with Tarmac in 1987 and progressed into a number of commercial roles before moving into a development and programme management role with Schal. Subsequent roles included Development and Sector Directorships with Jarvis and Laing O’Rourke, where he was responsible for over £2bn worth of PFI contracts across education, social housing, MOD, MOJ and infrastructure. He is a Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Builder and a Trustee of XP Free School in Doncaster.
Steve is accountable at ExCo for our sustainability and CR strategy ‘Reshaping Tomorrow’ and its alignment to the Group strategy and also has line management responsibility for the sustainability and CR team. In addition, he is also responsible for consistency around customer engagement and feedback.