From 2001-7, Steve was Head of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering before becoming Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in 2007. It was as Dean that Steve led Loughborough’s first Athena Swan institutional award submission and he continued as the institutional lead from more than decade, securing 14 awards. He became Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) in 2011 and then Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) in 2015, introducing a transformative research framework to drive research excellence and ambition before delivering Loughborough’s 2021 REF submission.
His recent external roles have included membership on the Main Board at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult), the PVCs’ Executive Management Group of Midlands Innovation (the grouping of the Midlands 8 research-intensive universities), the JISC Research Strategy Forum and the EPSRC Capital Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Team. He was appointed as an Athena Swan panel chair in 2022.