“Steve gained respect from every person he met, be that the local guy or the managing director of the Oil company, or company partners. Obviously we had our arguments and yes Steve was right each time.
Steve was not only a first class safety professional but a great friend to many. To myself and Dean he became a brother. We shared an office for many years, we shared good times, family problems but most of all we helped each other. We are in debt to Steve for his years of constant team work & friendship.
Steve will never be forgotten and will live with our band of brother for the rest of our lives. A true HSE professional, friend and most of all; our brother.”
Dave Middleton (from Newcastle) and Dean Coates (from Kazakstan)
“Steve was a complete professional. I greatly admired his dedication, tenacity, breadth of knowledge and analytical capabilities. I am convinced that there are many people walking around right now who owe their lives, unknowingly to this man and to the team he influenced. In his off-duty time, Steve had a great sense of fun, joy for life and love of music. I am sure he would approve of the term “Life Celebration”
Joe Hughes (from Scotland)
“Steve was a great guy, he was kind, funny, intelligent and articulate. I never saw him lose his temper or show anger; he was always professional, respectful and considerate of those around him, from whatever background.
In all the years in Kazakstan I never heard a bad word about Steve – it was just not possible. If you wanted a sensible answer Steve was there, if you wanted a laugh Steve was there.”
Brian Wilkinson (from Azerbaijan)
“I will always remember Steve as a quiet, intelligent man. He was always very professional but slick enough to dodge the Kazakh environmentalists whenever they were on site looking to point the finger of blame, no easy feat.”
Michelle McIntosh (from Australia)
“I always had a good working relationship with Steve – he was a professional through and through. He had an air of calm assurance about him and although taking his job seriously he had a great sense of fun was always quick to see the funny side of all situations.
It was a joy to see his whole face break into a beaming grin.”
Mark Holehouse (from Kazakstan)