Stephen was born in Singapore, but spent his early childhood on British Forces bases in Germany and his teens in the iconic World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. The combination of armored cars behind the school playground and the view of 4,000-year-old burial mounds from his bedroom window created a deep fascination with history, which he has made into his profession.
This fascination led Stephen to take part in groundbreaking excavations in and around Stonehenge in 2007 and 2008. It was here that he found his true vocation: leading tours of the excavations and the landscape to better communicate their story to the public. Since then Stephen’s work has embraced archaeology and history and the sharing of the stories they tell. As well as researching elements of all periods of European history, he has led investigations into the history of the New Forest National Park and the extent of surviving D-Day infrastructure on England’s south coast. Most recently he has been researching thousands of First World War shipwrecks and counts among his most extraordinary discoveries two German destroyers, which had been abandoned in the middle of a Royal Navy base in the 1920s and completely forgotten. He is also researching the role of British motor torpedo boats in the Baltic during their forgotten campaign of 1919.
Stephen is well-traveled; after graduating he spent four years in Japan and made the most of the journey back to the U.K. by traveling across land and spending time in each country on route. He has extensively explored Europe and likes nothing more than loading up his bicycle and visiting another country.