Steve was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and educated at Ilkeston Grammar School and Oxford University, where he studied or did research for 6 years. He is married and has two children who went to Kinoulton and South Wolds Schools. His paternal grandfather was born down the road in Wymeswold and there are records which suggest his family lived there for most of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Steve is a retired teacher who worked in 11-18 comprehensive schools in Oxfordshire, Northants, and, ultimately, Nottinghamshire, where, for 22 years, he was deputy headteacher of West Bridgford School. He has lived in the village for 25 years. Like so many people in the village, he arrived thinking that he would be here for a few years, but was so beguiled by its charms that he never left!
Steve has many interests, which include European languages and literature, foreign travel, the arts, classical music, gardening, hill-walking and bird-watching. He also has a keen interest in most sports, but particularly football, (initially as a participant but latterly as a spectator, courtesy of anno domini !). He has been a regular visitor to the City Ground for over 55 years (watching Forest’s trials and tribulations) but has to confess to Kinoulton cricketers that his favoured cricket team is Derbyshire CCC and hopes that he does not incur their ire!
Steve was elected to Kinoulton Parish Council as a Labour Party councillor. His motivation was his desire to play a part in ensuring that the council was open, accessible, and represented all elements of village opinion, whatever their age, sex, belief, social background or political opinion.