Steven is the former Labour Leader of Glasgow City Council. (2005-2010)
Steven is one of the few recognisable faces of Labour who backed a Yes vote in Scotland’s 2014 Independence Referendum.
Convener of Development & Regeneration(1999 – 2003) and then appointed Convener of Education for the City (2003 – 2005).
As Leader of Scotland’s largest local authority from 2005 to 2010, at age 32, instrumental in winning the Commonwealth Games for Glasgow in 2014. Introduced the Glasgow Living Wage, (the first City in the UK to do so) and secured a historic number of apprenticeships between the public and private sector, offering school-leavers and others a route into meaningful work. He led a root and branch review of how the City delivered services leading to an innovative programme of change in the way both public services were managed and delivered opening up new markets to the trading organisations and the largest private sector collaboration with public services in the UK. Steven had executive responsibility for an annual budget of 2.4 Billion pounds, 38,000 staff, Chaired the Council’s Cabinet structure and Senior Management Team.
A moderniser and a pragmatist, he is proud to have led and implemented radical changes to the way public services were and are delivered. Under his leadership, a ‘Team Glasgow’ approach was fostered, creating a strong day-to-day working relationship between public agencies and the private sector. The Clyde Valley collaboration was launched and developed paving the way for the City Deal that is now firmly established as part of the Governance and growth of the wider Greater Glasgow economy.
Steven is currently a Director and/or Board Member of, Twenty Ten Consultancy, Aspire Training, Digital Meet Ups Ltd, City Spark, Pollok Credit Union.
Previous Directorships and Chairmanships include, the SECC, Glasgow Cultural Enterprises Ltd, Nugensis, The Royal Concert Hall, Jobs and Business Glasgow, Scottish Enterprise, Clyde Waterfront UDC, Drumchapel Initative, Glasgow Townscape Heritage Initative, Cordia LLP, Glasgow 2014 Ltd and Sense Over Sectariaism.
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