Steven was born and brought up in Kirkwall. He attended Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities and gained a BSc and PhD in Physics and worked in R&D and engineering. Since coming home in 1999 Steven has taken an active part in community life and is responsible for a number of websites, including Orkney Communities.
Newly elected in 2007, and elected Convener in May 2012, Steven is determined to be approachable and actively represent the interests of the people of Kirkwall East, and of Orkney. Steven is an enthusiastic though frustrated guitarist and keen football supporter.