Stephen is Senior Lecturer in Sport Finance at the University of Stirling. He was Head of the Department of Sports Studies, the predecessor to the School of Sport, for five years until summer 2011. His academic background is in accountancy and finance and he was a lecturer in these subjects at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 1990 until 2000. Stephen is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and trained with the international firm of accountants, Ernst & Young.
Stephen is Programme Director for the MSc Sport Management, leading the modules on Sport Finance and Sport Management Challenges. He also contributes to the undergraduate module, Sport Governance.
Stephen's research concentrates on financial aspects in sport, particularly in the football industry. His knowledge transfer activities include leading workshops on Management Training for Football Managers as part of the Scottish FA/UEFA Pro Licence. He was Chair of a Scottish Government Expert Working Group on Supporter Involvement in Football Clubs (2014-16) .