Stephen has spent over 30 years in local government as a Parks Manager and as a Best Value Officer, during which he carried out service reviews on grounds maintenance, street cleansing, refuse collection and highways.

Stephen is an experienced Trustee, having work with a number of charities including Gwent Wildlife Trust. As a trustee with health social care charities he acted as a Third Sector Advisor during Government inquiries in 2012 and 2014 and was a member of the Older People's Commissioner for Wales National Advisory Board in 2014/15.