ASSOCIATE ACCOUNT DIRECTOR
Stephen has worked across journalism, politics and public relations during his nearly 15-year career giving him a particular specialism in developing and implementing communications and engagement strategies which he brings to the accounts he leads at Faith PR.
Graduating with a Politics and Law Degree from Durham University in 2003, he became a broadcast journalist in West Yorkshire working for a radio station in Huddersfield where he became the news editor and programme controller.
After four years of getting up at 4am, he joined a major political party in 2007 - first as the press officer for Yorkshire and then managing all of the party’s press operation in the North of England in the run up to and during the 2010 election campaign. His many duties included developing and implementing plans across all local Yorkshire media and was in charge of developing relationships with members of the media across the region and organising and managing visits, tours and events for senior politicians including the party leader. In addition, he produced briefing documents and briefed members of the then shadow cabinet, including the Prime Minister.
Following the election, Stephen was appointed to set up and run the constituency office of a new Member of Parliament in North Yorkshire. As his Senior Parliamentary Adviser, he liaised with cabinet ministers and their teams, stakeholders, constituents and other party members to research cases and present feedback to the Member of Parliament. He also led work on the Broadband North Yorkshire campaign which brought tens of millions of pounds of investment into the county to improve connectivity.
In August 2013 he joined Faith PR and has worked across a range of accounts including Kirklees Council's apprenticeship hub, Brandon Medical's e-communications campaigns and the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency's focus on new businesses.
Stephen has faith in: his ability to create banana bread Mary Berry would be proud of.