IFA magazine interview – Building mental resilience
Stephen is an Investment Director focused on deal origination and new investments at Oxford Capital in addition to portfolio development and management. Stephen has over 20 years of experience in building technology companies as both a CEO and investor with experience in a wide range of industries, technologies, and geographies; including the Middle East, Australasia and Europe.
Stephen has been involved in the creation of more than 30 deep-tech companies as founder and CEO of Powerhouse, an investment company that developed, incubated, and funded spinout companies from universities. Investing at seed stage and supporting founders through scale-up and growth, Powerhouse investments came from a wide range of technology sectors, including digital, robotics, green technologies and life sciences. Stephen led Powerhouse through to a first-of-kind listing on the Australian stock exchange.
After gaining a PhD in machine learning and robotics from the University of Canterbury, Stephen continued with postdoctoral research in modern control theory at the University of Bath. He has a close relationship with Bayes Business School in London, investigating how business models can optimise growth while dealing with complexity and uncertainty. He is a member of the International Chartered Governance Institute.
Outside of work, Stephen enjoys football, travel, music and stand-up comedy.