Prior to 1990 Steve worked for local authorities in the West Midlands, ultimately responsible for road safety engineering at Birmingham City Council. This role included the management of the annual local safety schemes programme, the development of collision analysis systems, and the introduction of road safety audit procedures.
In January 1990, Steve together with Martin Belcher set up TMS as an independent consultancy offering services in traffic engineering, road safety and training. During the last 27 years TMS has grown significantly and Steve has played a fundamental role in managing the company and developing future business ideas.
Steve has also taken a significant role in developing the extensive training programme that TMS offers to public and private sector clients throughout the UK and Ireland, developing the TMS role as the sole training provider for the Certificate of Competency for Road Safety Auditors in both countries. His particular interests include the development of risk assessment within road safety, and the road safety implications of changes to established practices such as those suggested in Manual for Streets.
Steve has personally carried out more than 700 road safety audits and was Managing Editor of the IHT Road Safety Audit Guidelines published in 2008. He has given advice to a number of local authorities and national governments with respect to road safety audit procedures. He also co-wrote "Practical Road Safety Auditing" in 2001, its second edition in 2008, and the significantly updated third edition which was released in 2015.
Steve has spoken at more than 60 national and international road safety conferences during the past 25 years. He is a member of the CIHT Road Safety Panel, and holds honorary academic positions at the Universities of Loughborough and Birmingham, and at UCD, Dublin.
Away from the office Steve is a keen cyclist (both on and off-road) and an active supporter of the Fairtrade movement.