Steve holds a BSc Honours degree in Technology and Management, and has held senior executive positions within the IT Sector for the last 20 years.
He began his career in Manufacturing before moving into the IT Sector with the advent of 3D CAD / CAM systems in the early 80’s.
His first senior Executive role was that of Sales and Marketing Director for a software / application business.
Steve was appointed Managing Director of a UK Plc subsidiary (ECS, a software developer, vendor and services provider) in 1991, and led a successful MBO of this business in February 1992. ECS continued in software, services and enterprise wide document management through to the late 1990’s.
In 1993 he developed ECS into a new Systems Integration business and acquired IDC in 1994 to complement this new activity. On the back of profitable year on year growth and with revenues in excess of £10m. Steve obtained venture capital support to pursue a development strategy (primarily acquisition). He ultimately decided to pursue an alternative option and this business was sold to GFI Informatique, a listed European Plc during 1999. This gave Steve the opportunity to realise some of his investment as well as obtain a greater role in a European Group, with GFI providing the funds for a UK acquisition strategy.
Steve was appointed to the Group’s International Executive Committee with responsibility for defining strategy for Europe as well as continuing as Managing Director for the UK operations, including a City based Consulting business.
Steve acquired a further complementary business in GADC Networks in 2000 and successfully merged the three UK operations together during 2001.
GFI under Steve’s leadership became one of Cisco’s flagship partners and received many industry awards including Cisco Gold Partner of the Year for UK and Ireland in 2003.
During 2004 / 2005 the GFI Group became more focused upon its Southern European activities and was unable to make funds available to invest in the UK. As a result Steve oversaw the sale of GFI UK for its European parent in October 2005.
Orbis Partners was engaged by Santander to provide financial and tax due diligence in support of the MBO of IDE Systems.
Orbis Partners was engaged by Radius Payments solutions to provide both financial and tax due diligence of Plant-I.
East Anglia based Weeting Tyres has been acquired by Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK (Goodyear). Orbis Partners provided both acquisition support and financial due diligence for the deal, reporting into the UK management and the US M&A team for Goodyear.
Orbis Partners hosted a Business Workshop for students taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme, a voluntary scheme where student groups create their own company from scratch, helping to build employability and life skills to help students succeed in their future careers.