Steve McAteer is our Group Chief Operating Officer. Steve has over 15 years experience as a director and consultant, with significant expertise of strategic management gained from a wide range of organisations. Before assuming his current role, Steve was a director of the organisation responsible for delivering the Business Link and International Trade Services in the East for England, and was accountable as Executive Director for Inward Investment. The resultant organisation was recognized as the highest performing of its type in the UK, overachieving delivery targets for regional and national government contracts year on year for 7 years.
In 2012, he joined Deyton Bell to provide focus on public sector and European funding consultancy using his extensive practical knowledge in both areas. He has devised, secured funding and project managed several EU funded projects in the past three years, as well as conducting assignments in the Middle East, Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. He has completed several extended interim assignments working for Local Authorities, focusing on transforming their delivery of Economic Development and Inward Investment functions, and has worked for over a dozen other first and second tier councils, analysing their current performance and options, and recommending appropriate commercially focused delivery models. Steve has also worked as Chief Executive Officer at Wenta, the Enterprise Agency based across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Wenta manage and own 7 business centres, help start up over 1000 businesses a year (with 90%+ survival rates) and manage multiple support programmes for both individuals and SME’s. His work with this organisation gave Steve an excellent insight into the establishment and strategic development of incubators, managed workspace and business startup & growth programmes. Away from the office, Steve is an enthusiastic but very amateur skier and snowboarder, plays golf and racketball, and is the proud father of two children and an English Bull Terrier.