Having graduated in Economics, Stephen joined Arthur Andersen’s Manchester office in 1980, qualifying in 1983. In 1988 he joined the newly formed corporate finance group and was appointed partner in 1993, at which point he was recruited by KPMG to lead their East Midlands Corporate Finance practice. In 1999 he transferred to KPMG’s Birmingham office to lead their private equity activities in the Midlands region, subsequently becoming Managing Partner for the corporate finance business. During his 22 year career in corporate finance, Stephen has advised on a wide range of projects, including corporate disposals, management buy-outs, IBOs, refinancings and secondary buy-outs. Stephen has won a number of awards, including nationally the Sunday Times Rainmaker of the Year award and the Business Insider Dealmaker award for top corporate finance adviser. Stephen is also managing partner of KPMG Enterprise in the Midlands, looking after the firm’s mid-market business.