Currently splitting his time between NECS and NEL, Stephen has extensive knowledge of and experience in the NHS. He began his career in the pharmaceutical industry before joining the NHS as a practice and fundholding manager in Deptford, South East London. In the mid 90’s, Stephen joined and later led the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Multifund of 20 fundholding practices. In 1999 he migrated North and has since fulfilled various PCT Director-level positions in the North East including Managing Director of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland Community Services (MRCCS). Within this role Stephen prepared the organisation firstly for Foundation Trust status, then for life as an independent social enterprise. Immediately prior to his current role, Stephen was interim Chief Executive for NHS Tees.