Sir Stephen is the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey and a Senior Adviser at Sanctuary Counsel.
He is a Board member of Allchurches Trust; Vice-President of the Community Foundation for Surrey; a Trustee of Painshill Park; a member of the Court of the St Katharine Foundation; and Chairman of the British Red Cross UK Solidarity Fund Committee. He is the Deputy High Bailiff of Westminster Abbey. He co-authored with Douglas Hurd a political novel, ‘The Palace of Enchantments’.
Sir Stephen was the Receiver General of Westminster Abbey from 2008 to 2018, and previously a Group Director of the Royal Bank of Scotland for five years. He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from Cambridge University in 1974 and served at the UK Mission to the United Nations, and at the British embassies in Tehran and Rome.
At the Foreign Office in Whitehall he was Private Secretary successively to Douglas Hurd and Malcolm Rifkind as Ministers of State. He spent ten years in the service of the Royal Household. He was appointed Deputy Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales in January 1993, then Private Secretary and Treasurer from 1996 to 2002.