Steve is an experienced humanitarian coordinator with a particular interest & expertise in child protection gender in emergencies and collaborative humanitarian response. Born and brought up in Brixton, South London, he has extensive experience working in complex emergencies having begun his career in 2003 working on the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Integration process in Sierra Leone, and having spent extended periods working in Colombia with Oxfam and with Concern Worldwide in Darfur, as well as taking several shorter emergency deployments with various organisations.

After deciding to return to London in 2013, he became part of Plan’s Disaster Risk Management / Humanitarian team overseeing Plan UK’s disaster preparedness and emergency response across Latin America, West Africa and the Middle East, including setting up Plan’s UKs responses to the crisis in Syria, Gaza and the West African Ebola response, among others.

In 2016 after actively supporting the Start Network, for two years as part a of member agency, he became the Start Networks first Head of Programmes and set up its programme department.

IRT’s focus on building on local skills and capacities allows for longer term sustainable and the opportunity to return dignity to refugees.

I am proud to be involved in an organisation that looks beyond just immediate needs of people in crisis but strives to empower them to rebuild their lives in a dignified manner.