Steve is a senior advisor to EY Global bringing over three decades experience of business leadership in EY at national and international level encompassing sustainability, business growth and transformation. His primary focus is helping leading companies and governments around the world to create value from sustainability and accelerate their transition to a lower-carbon future. As EY Global Vice Chair for Sustainability from 2020-23, Steve led the EY organization’s overall sustainability and climate change strategy globally. This included launching the organization’s environmental sustainability strategy which was a first for the industry in targeting net zero through a 40% reduction in absolute GHG emissions by 2025 across scope 1, 2 and 3, against a 2019 baseline. A seven-point plan targets integrated decarbonisation, including emissions linked to energy, travel, procurement, buildings and client work. Since 2021, EY has been carbon negative effectively removing more carbon from the atmosphere than EY emit.
Steve was previously EY UK & Ireland Regional Managing Partner, and Chair of EY UK, leading the US$3.5b business and its 17,000 employees. During his nine-year tenure he drove an inclusive and green growth strategy, doubling its revenues from £1.3b in FY11 to £2.6, in FY20. During this time, 8,000 jobs were created in the UK, more than half of which were outside of London. He originally joined EY in 2005 and has nearly 30 years of client and consulting business experience in various sectors including pharmaceuticals, oil & gas and public services.
Steve was a member of the Business Advisory Group to both Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May and was also the UK Government’s Business Ambassador for the professional services industry during this time. He was part of the business delegation on the Prime Minister’s Trade Missions, including visits to Russia, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, and China. He was a founding co-chair of the S30, a group of 30 Chief Sustainability Officers from some of the world’s leading businesses. The S30 was launched in 2020 in collaboration with the Sustainable Markets Initiative, a leading global sustainability program which has been championed by His Majesty King Charles III.