During his time as a practising solicitor in the City of London, Steve began doing stand-up and sketch comedy open spots around the country as a hobby. After winning a prestigious national ‘new act’ competition, Steve found himself signed and touring with Off the Kerb, the largest comedy agency in the UK, and presenting and acting both on radio and TV. Giving up private practice, Steve balanced his performance career (nearly 1500 live shows) with a career delivering skills training for lawyers and those working with lawyers in firms – gigging at night and training/coaching/role-playing during the day. Eventually focusing on the training and coaching full-time, Steve’s passion for learning and development became his sole focus. Steve worked as a coach and skills facilitator for BCLP (formerly Berwin Leighton Paisner), before managing firm-wide legal training for SJ Berwin. He then took on a global role with Ashurst coaching and facilitating international programmes for lawyers and business services staff. Steve then became Head of Learning & Development for leading private client firm Forsters before moving into consultancy.
The focus for Steve’s work? The real-time practice of effective communication. Crucial conversations, the behaviours underpinning EQ at work and the process of communicating often technical information in an engaging and empathetic way. In everything that Steve does, he consciously leans on his comedy performance experience to bring a relaxed, informal and light touch to solutions he facilitates. Levity, he believes, is vital in the context of development.
Steve’s book, ‘21st Century Solicitor: How to make a real impact as a junior commercial lawyer’ (Bloomsbury/Hart Publishing) honed in on some of the foundation elements for a meaningful lawyer ‘brand’ early on in the legal career journey. Qualified as a coach with the Oxford School of Coach Mentoring (‘OCM’), Steve is an Associate of the Moller Institute in Cambridge. Steve also has a Certificate in Brain-Based Conversation Skills from the Neuroleadership Institute.
Steve works with individuals as well as groups, enriching his practice with accreditations across many psychometric tools (including Lumina Spark, Insights Discovery, FIRO B, Belbin, EQI2.0) as well as being a qualified online learning facilitator with the Learning Performance Institute (‘LPI’). Steve is also an experienced business role-player and skills practice facilitator.
As a consultant, Steve has very successfully worked with a huge variety organisations around the world - from professional and financial services to Pharma, PR and entertainment. His passion for people and relationships binds all of his work together.
Steve lives in Lewisham (SE London) with his wife Michelle, their son Busby, their daughter Silke and a cranky Siberian Forest cat called Audrey Pickles.