Steve was born in the Midlands and came to study in Sheffield in the 1980s. He sees himself as an adopted Sheffielder and loves living in Yorkshire. Steve originally trained as a social worker and his first job was in Barnsley at the beginning of the miners' strike. Witnessing the decimation of the villages and peoples' lives and livelihood have influenced his politics ever since. Within the NHS, Steve now works as an HIV prevention and sexual health promotion manager. For six years he sat on the government advisory group advising on national HIV and sexual health policy. Steve has actively campaigned around equality issues and is excited at the thought of seeing Edward Carpenter's life and work commemorated in Sheffield. He relaxes by gardening, vegetarian cooking or walking in Derbyshire. He loves going to the theatre, is addicted to charity shops and tries to keep fit by going to the gym (but not as often as he should).