Steve joined Avingtrans as CEO in October 2008. Over the last twelve years, the market cap of Avingtrans has increased by more than a factor of 10, deriving from multiple acquisitions and disposals and consistent performance improvements, to build shareholder value.
Steve joined Avingtrans from Serco, where he had spent four years as a Director of the National Physical Laboratory and, then as the Managing Director of the Serco Defence Operations business. A graduate engineer, Steve started his career in the oil industry, working for Conoco in the North Sea. A long period at Mars Inc followed, mostly at Mars Electronics, where Steve moved to France to run their Western European operations and ultimately became the general manager of the Swiss banknote recognition business, Sodeco. Subsequently, as sales director, Steve was part of the team that sold Marconi Instruments to IFR Inc., before spending the following six years at Oxford Instruments, as Managing Director of its Superconductivity Division.
Steve is currently a trustee director of the Institute of Export and was previously a non-executive director at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and at the UK Atomic Energy Authority.