Steven was appointed Executive Director of Scottish Ballet in March 2016 and formally joined the Scottish Ballet Board in December 2016.
He trained as a conductor at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne. After graduating, Steven established the Chamber Orchestra of Geelong and for ten years presented annual concert seasons, as well as conducting throughout Australia and internationally.
His career eventually shifted from the stage towards concert management and presenting, leading to an executive role in 2000 with AMcK Presentations (international artists’ presenter and promoter throughout Australasia).
Having built a reputation as a successful marketer and fundraiser, he was invited to return to the VCA in 2002 to establish a sponsorship program to support the institution’s creative and academic aspirations. In 2004 he was promoted to Manager, Development & Public Affairs with responsibility for fundraising, marketing & communications, events, patron & alumni programs. A highly successful corporate re-brand and innovative marketing campaign, Your VCA, initiated by D&PA led to a substantial increase in public support and philanthropic revenue for the institution.
Steven was appointed Chief Executive of West Australian Ballet (the state dance company for Western Australia) in 2007, spearheading the company through the most significant development in its 60+ year history. With a game-changing business case that garnered government, corporate and private support, WAB tripled its annual revenue, increased the dancer troupe from 19–38 and introduced an impressive commissioning program. A campaign to fundraise and build a State Ballet Centre ($12.5M project) was completed in 2012, and together with a new brand identity, WAB strengthened its position as Australasia’s most dynamic and innovative ballet company.
In January 2020 Steven was elected as a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).