Rather than create a strategy that gathers dust on a shelf, Steve introduced the concept of an ‘anti-strategy’, which has been instrumental in defining our character as an organisation.


By channelling the needs and ambitions of our 13,000 students he has set us on a bold journey to become the world’s most student-centred organisation and in his new role of Director of Strategy ensures that we focus obsessively on realising it.

Steve has taken Essex to new levels in the last 3 years. Where before we were part of the pack, we are now leading the way in our thinking. This is all down to Steve. He has amazing creative vision and the tenacity and purpose to put it into action. He has ripped up the manuals and made new blue prints for the future. A bold and exciting future all lead by one man.
— John Valerkou, Deputy Director Student Services