“Steve spoke at our 'entrepreneurship in the cycling industry' event and he truly captivated the audience. His explanation of his journey from the battlefield into business was eye opening and his road to recovery after serious injury is inspiring. He delivered in a relaxed and engaging manner, taking the audience with him as he explained the highs and lows of his rehabilitation, but also illustrating the obstacles he had to overcome when starting his business. Highly recommended.”
Robert Evans (Wealth Management – UBS)
"Since being medically discharged Steve has continued to give back to the military community in which he served, both for and alongside others who have suffered similarly whether mentally or physically, and also in support of the charities, not least the Royal Marines Charity. Steve has been a guest speaker for us on a number of occasions: he is engaging, thoughtful, well prepared and responds extremely well to questions and comments. He is responsible through speaking for us for raising £300,000, while he has also twice donated a bike for auction.
Steve has proved himself a sound businessman, effective leader, motivational speaker and generous donor. He epitomises the understated excellence of the Royal Marines. I commend him warmly.”
Jonathan Ball (Chief Executive – The Royal Marines Charity)
“Steve's candid and insightful talk at a recent Commando Spirit fundraising dinner was a highlight of the evening. His topic was 'Determination – Never Give Up', which he clearly illustrated through his own experience of being seriously injured in Afghanistan, spending 3 weeks in a coma and over two years in rehabilitation. As well as outlining some of the hardships injured personnel go through, he also highlighted how, through determination and application, his passion for cycling became a successful business. Steve ensured that his speech was highly relevant to his audience and his honest account of his experiences were extremely moving and gripped the audience throughout. I would have no hesitation in working with Steve again and recommending him to you.”
Sally-Anne Hunter (Founder & Director – Lifetime Challenge Events Ltd)
“Steve’s story is nothing short of amazing!
As the Programme Director for the Undergraduate Business Management (Entrepreneurship) pathway, I invited Steve to come to the Surrey Business School at the University of Surrey to give a talk to my final year students.
Steve’s talk was hugely motivational to my students and the Faculty staff alike. Everyone who attended were completely inspired by him and his journey. We can teach entrepreneurial traits, but to hear it at first hand and to see it embodied from someone like Steve was truly awesome.
We cannot wait to welcome him back to the University!"
William Lanham-New (Programme Director – Surrey Business School)
“Steve recently spoke at a fundraising dinner. He gave an extremely moving account of how he was injured and how he never gave up on his long road to recovery, even when faced with serious setbacks in his rehabilitation. What is more remarkable, indeed inspirational, was that he established his own business whilst on that incredible journey. Steve spoke with humility and his story of determination and overcoming adversity touched everyone in the audience.”
Mark Davenport (Partner – Eversheds)