Steve is a Londoner born and bred who, having taken an economics degree at Cambridge, went on to become an accountant with the city firm KPMG. Moving on, he joined the oil company BP and soon became an oil trader in their products division where he remained for 13 years based in London and Tokyo.
Steve and his family moved out to Sussex in 1995 buying a grass based beef farm near Northiam. The farm has since become a pheasant shoot and a home for his wife Shonaid's collection of horses. Steve and Shonaid have three grown-up sons now largely replaced at home by dogs and a pair of peacocks. He is normally to be found somewhere in his garden.