Chief Executive Officer
Steve is a seasoned business and finance leader with over 25 years of proven regional and international experience.
Prior to founding Linklease, Steve was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Finance; a leading SME financing organisation. His success in repositioning the business to deliver strong growth results and rapid GCC
expansion was consistently recognised by the industry with Gulf Finance winning the prestigious Banker Middle East Award for Small Business Finance for three consecutive years. In 2013, Steve was also independently voted as one of the Top 50 Influential Brits in the UAE by Arabian Business.
Prior to joining Gulf Finance, between 2004 and 2008, Steve was based in Dubai with Lloyds TSB. As Chief Operating Officer, he was also an appointed Board Member and earlier, joined the organisation as its Head of Commercial and Retail Banking. During these four years, Steve grew the consumer banking business from a single branch to a highly profitable, multi-branch operation across the Middle East.
Before relocating to Dubai, Steve led the Strategy team for the Corporate Banking division of Lloyds TSB’s UK business, and he initially joined the organisation in 1989.
Steve is currently a Director of a Dubai-based research firm and the former Director of Business Development for the British Business Group. He was also the Contributing Editor for a nationally acclaimed book, Sink or Swim, which explores the lessons learnt from businesses that survived the UAE economic downturn in 2009.
Steve holds Finance and Accounting qualifications from the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business.