With a career spanning executive and non-executive roles in large sector-leading organisations his experience extends beyond education. After a 27 year career at bus operator Go North East, where he progressed from a youth trainee to the boardroom as Commercial Director he now enjoys a purposeful portfolio career spanning consultancy, non-executive, chair, trustee, guest lecturer and mentorship roles at various leading regional organisations, including Beamish Museum, Teesside University, Newcastle University and Visit County Durham and through his own consultancy business.

As Chair, Stephen will lead the Board in providing independent oversight of the financial and academic performance and strategy of one of the region's largest further and higher education colleges. In addition to his role as Chair, Stephen also chairs the Finance and Resources Committee. He is also the Governor responsible for Careers Education and Guidance. 

Speaking about his appointment as Chair Stephen said “I am proud to become Chair of New College Durham, it is a great organisation with purpose and an excellent team dedicated to improving the skills and education of the people of our region. I become Chair at an exciting time for New College Durham as we move into the next phase of investment and development, working with our education and political partners, along with our strong network in the business community to meet the ever-changing skill needs of our region and strengthening our economy.”

Andy Broadbent, Chief Executive and Principal of New College Durham said “Stephen’s visionary approach and dedication to education make him a valuable asset as New College Durham embarks on a new phase of investment and development.”

New College Durham is currently seeking new members for its Board of Governors. If you would be interested in joining visit