Stephen is Deputy CEO of OCTEC, a community organisation that delivers employment, training and youth services. His working life prior to this included 18 years in the public sector working for various agencies in Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.

He has lived in Orange for the past 16 years with his wife and two daughters and has been a committee member and volunteer in community development groups such as ECCO Orange, Central West Permaculture and the ELF Community Garden Group, as well as serving as a community representative on council committees.