Stephen has a natural connection with the older generations – he was raised by his Grandparents. He left school in 1966 and spent the following years supporting his relationship with Dawn and later their family, through a few employed positions, starting as a buyer (10yrs) with a food multi-national, later a house-builder and much later having been one of the first 25 people at Dyson Appliances Ltd, again as a buyer. In 1994, with his children through University and ‘flown the nest’, Stephen (and Dawn – his wife of 30-years) was able to really think about what they wanted from their lives, and subsequently, from their work… and it was to continue caring for people in some way.
In 1996 Stephen and Dawn purchased a small Residential Care Home in Dartmouth, Devon. They both took naturally to this caring role, applying their caring desires with their lifetime developed professional skills, and neither has looked back since. Stephen now frequently reminds us all just how much he loves his work.
Stephen, in his role as Chairman & Managing Director, is the figurehead for the Stonehaven Care Group. He is the gatekeeper of the standards to which all in the company aspire. His position is greatly facilitated by the quality of the team of people working with him, all of whom share a simple yet tremendously important (and sometimes too easily forsaken in the World) commodity – they care for, and about, people.