Steve is author of, and Chief Examiner for, ‘Managing Benefits™’ (TSO, 2nd Edition 2014). He is also co-author of the OGC/Cabinet Office (now Axelos), ‘Management of Portfolios’ (he was also Chief Examiner for MoP® from 2011-2015); and ‘Business Skills’ lead assessor for APMG’s CESG Information Assurance accreditation scheme. In addition to ‘Management of Portfolios’ and ‘Managing Benefits’, he is the author of, ‘Realising Benefits from Government ICT investment – A fool’s errand?’ (2011, Academic publishing) and, ‘Transforming Government and Public Services – realizing benefits through Project Portfolio Management’ (2010, Gower). Steve is also one of the contributing authors of, ‘Project Portfolio Management – A View from the Management Trenches’ published by Wiley in 2009 and sponsored by the PMI. Most recently he authored the Benefits Management chapter in, ‘The Effective Change Manager’s Handbook’ (KoganPage, 2014) and the chapter on Portfolio-level Benefits Management for a Portfolio Management Handbook to be published by Routledge in late 2018.
Steve has extensive experience at senior level as a member of the UK Senior Civil Service from 1999 to 2011 including in senior roles in the Home Office, Justice, Corrections, and the Cabinet Office. During that period he also worked on secondment for the Queensland government (Treasury) in Australia in 2001-02. From mid 2006 to 2008 he was Director of Criminal Justice IT, one of the largest IT-enabled business change programmes in Europe. He also headed the £2bn Criminal Justice System IT Portfolio from its establishment in 2005 to 2008. Steve designed, implemented and operated the CJS IT approach to Portfolio & Benefits Management that was recognised internationally (in reports to the OECD and European Commission and in a case study published by Gartner) and which won the 2007 Civil Service Financial Management Award. Following that, he worked on the development of Project Portfolio and Benefits Management for the Cabinet Office as part of the Transformational Government and Service Transformation agendas, and led on benefits management research for the OGC PPM Standards Group. He was described by the UK Government CIO as the, “rottweiler of benefits management”.
Steve left the UK Civil Service in 2011 and since then has provided independent portfolio and benefits management advice to a range of organisations in both public and private sectors, and training in Portfolio and Benefits Management. He also develops and delivers Masters-level courses for the Graduate Business School at Queensland University of Technology where he is a Corporate Educator. He is also an examiner on a number of project management schemes for the APMG.
Steve is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences, trainer and writer on the subjects of project portfolio and benefits management. He has presented to the OECD, European Commission and to conferences and training courses in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Wellington, Auckland, Chicago, Washington, Vancouver, Ottawa, Florida, Rome, Milan, Paris, Copenhagen, the Netherlands, London and Tokyo.
Steve is a professionally qualified management accountant (FCMA), fellow of the APM, with an MBA and Masters of Studies degree from Cambridge University.