Steve is a Merseysider by chance rather than ancestry. He was born in Wallasey because his American father's first job in Britain was as a lecturer at the University of Liverpool. Soon afterwards the family moved to Hendon in north London where he grew up.
At 19, Steve was back in the north of England studying economic history at the University of Sheffield where he met his wife Kim. They stayed in the city after graduating, with Steve working first in the steel industry and then, from 1982 to 1992, for the city council. This included six years serving as secretary of British Local Authorities Against Apartheid, which represented the 200-plus local councils that had imposed sanctions on South Africa.
Following the release of Nelson Mandela, Steve pursued a new career in journalism cutting his teeth in sport as a regular freelancer for The Independent on Sunday. In 1993, Steve, Kim and their three children moved to South Wales where Steve worked for the South Wales Argus and BBC Wales before setting up a PR agency in 1997. Now rebranded as Freshwater, the company is one of the UK’s largest independent communication consultancies with a 60-strong team in Cardiff and London.
Steve’s novel, Over The Line
, is set in the steroid underworld of South Wales. Published in March 2015, it anticipated the doping crises that would engulf sport only months later. His latest short story, Tinderbox
, has been published by Show Racism The Red Card. Steve wrote a monthly business column for the Western Mail for seven years and is an occasional columnist for The Guardian.
In 2017, he worked as deputy director of strategy and communications for the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and was a member of Labour’s strategy group for that year’s General Election.