Steve has over 35 years’ experience across the biotechnologies and fine chemicals business and manufacturing sectors. He was CEO for six years at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, a globally leading manufacturing and development organisation. He lead the company through two acquisitions as they grew from employing 1,000 to 2,500 staff and increased turnover fourfold in the same period. Prior to that he led the UK business for seven years based in the North East of England in Billingham, Teesside.
Steve chaired the UK’s Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum from 2013 to 2021 and was Co-Chair of the UK Bioeconomy Strategy Board between 2016 and 2021, leading to the publication of the UK government’s bioeconomy strategy in December 2018.
He is currently working with the UK government’s Vaccines Task Force as an Industry Advisor. He is a Non-Executive Director of Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and has been a Council member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council since January 2021.
Steve started his career as a graduate chemical engineer out of UMIST (Manchester) with ICI and prior to joining Fujifilm Diosynth he had a variety of increasingly senior roles across technical, manufacturing, supply chain, safety, health and environment and commercial with ICI, Zeneca, Avecia and MSD in both the UK and USA.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2017 he was recognised by his peers as North East Business Executive of the Year.
In 2020, he was awarded the Peter Dunnill Award for contribution to UK bioprocessing.
In the 2021 New Years’ Honours List he was awarded a CBE for services to UK manufacturing and the biotechnology sector.
Term starts: 1 January 2021
Last updated: 4 April 2022