Stephen entered the real estate business in 1968. He created Collins Real Estate in 1972, which he grew to be the biggest in its market before amalgamating with Harcourts in 1985. Stephen developed the technology, systems, training and education programs that grew Harcourts from 14 offices to its present position. Stephen is now retired from daily involvement.
Stephen has been honoured with a Fellowship of both the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and New Zealand Institute of Management. A past member of the Governing National Council of the REINZ he also represented the Real Estate Institute as a director of Realestate.co.nz New Zealand's major Internet provider to the real estate industry. Stephen was further honoured by attaining Life Membership of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.
Stephen is a past Board member of St Andrew's College and past Chairman of the St Andrew's Foundation, he is a Past President, Life Member, and presently sits on the board of the Chamber and has represented them on the Canterbury Metropolitan Urban Development Strategy Committee and the Environment Canterbury Area Committee. He is past President of the Business New Zealand Executive Board and its National Committee. Stephen is past Chairman of Lane Neave Solicitors, Vice Chairman of the Christchurch Heritage Trust, Council member of Ara Institute of Canterbury, a past Trustee of the University of Canterbury Foundation, and a past Board member of the NZ-US Council as well as a business mentor to a number of businesses and individuals. Stephen is also a private investor in technologies and a real estate investor.
Stephen continues to focus his energies on good outcomes in the context of the regeneration of Christchurch and is proud of being an early leader in the rebuild of the Central City with his highly regarded Deloitte House in Cambridge Terrace.