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Steve has 20 years' experience in environmental matters within the public, private and voluntary sectors, and has been responsible for the strategic and practical management of a broad range of rural and urban landscapes as well as cultural and leisure facilities. In 2011, Steve established Wild Future Outdoors as a platform from which to provide consultancy and information services.

With a passion for the natural and historic environment, Steve has particular skills in greenspace and nature reserve management, setting environmental strategies and action plans, site management planning, project management, partnership working and operational troubleshooting.

Having led multi-disciplinary teams of up to 150 people in high pressure and transformation environments, Steve is also an experienced leader and manager.

Initially working in practical and advisory land management roles for the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland and Hertfordshire's Countryside Management Service, Steve moved on to senior roles with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (Nature Reserves Manager) and RSPB (Regional Reserves Manager, South West England). Later, he applied his experience more broadly in the public sector, managing a wide range of outdoor spaces and leisure business units for Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (Area Manager) and Ealing Council (Head of Parks, Countryside and Events and later Assistant Director, Leisure and Parks).

Steve has a BSc (Hons) in Countryside and Environmental Management from the University of Aberdeen's Schools of Agriculture, Forestry and Biology, and is currently working towards a Level 7 Award in Strategic Leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Career highlights include:

  • overseeing final construction and management of award-winning Northala Fields in Northolt, west London
  • part of project team restoring historic Walpole Park in Ealing, including receiving £2.4m HLF Parks for People grant
  • leading the RSPB team managing 3,000 hectares for birds, wildlife and visitors in some of south-west England's most iconic landscapes
  • writing successful plan for heathland and wood pasture restoration at Clumber Park for the National Trust and Natural England
  • Richmond upon Thames being awarded 2015 Best Service Team of the Year for Parks, Grounds and Horticultural Services by the Association of Public Service Excellence
  • contributing to two BALI award winning and one Landscape Institute commended projects
  • winning Britain in Bloom 'City' category and the global Communities in Bloom International Challenge with London Borough of Richmond on Thames
  • writing the Conservation Management Plan for Myddelton House and Gardens, Enfield, leading to successful HLF grant application
  • nature reserve acquisitions in Hertfordshire, Devon and Wiltshire
  • senior member of projects to build and manage £13m Lee Valley Athletics Centre and £15m Northolt Leisure Centre
  • lead officer for London 2012 for Ealing Council.


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