Founder, Owner and Managing Director of rekk Limited
As a chartered accountant with KPMG, he was closely associated for more than a decade with Milton Keynes College as Governor, Chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Audit Committee. He has also acted as a Princes Youth Business Trust adviser and a judge for regional business awards and Young Enterprise and was the architect of an entrepreneurial development programme for business owners replicated throughout the KPMG network.
He worked in teams providing community relations advice to clients and direct volunteering support to community groups. He also pioneered the development of the ‘Balanced Scorecard’ performance measurement and reporting approach for ‘not for profit’ organisations including the Arts Council and Training and Enterprise Councils.
In 1997, he was headhunted from KPMG by an independent corporate social responsibility consultancy to become the UK’s first Director, Risk and Reputation. Over the next 3 years he helped create and manage major social responsibility projects for corporate clients such as T-Mobile and Barclays, charities including Groundwork and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations such as the West Midlands Fire Service.
In 2000, he was asked to join the board of a leading play equipment company to help develop their profile in the emerging ‘safe play’ area. He developed a number of community partnerships with organisations such as Thames Valley Police and organised a presentation to the Home Affairs Select Committee as part of their study of the impact youth shelters have on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
In 2001, he left to create rekk, the UK’s only youth shelter specialist company.
Steve says “Actions speak louder than words. Everyone expects things to be done and promises to be delivered. We’ve all seen the consequences of teenagers with no particular place to go and I created rekk to enable communities, and the organisations that support them, to be seen to be doing something about it. We provide them with a choice of modern youth shelters designed to attract and withstand the attention of 12-16 year olds. To ensure their youth shelter works quickly and effectively I’ve also written a free, best practice guide to encourage the debate, inform the decision and support the whole process.”