Director of Shaping Portsmouth
Stef’s career has spanned 44 years so far with 37 of these working for IBM UK Ltd in a variety of Administration, Financial and Business Operational roles.
Stef left IBM in 2010 and worked for a start up venture, Virtustream Ltd, as their EMEA Director of Operations for one year before moving to Integritie UK Ltd as their Chief Operating Officer. Stef retired from this role in November 2015 with a view to putting his feet up !
Then along came a good friend, Russell Crowe, who asked Stef to get involved with the Kudos Recruitment Group which Russell owns and Stef is acting as Chairman in a part time capacity.
In July 2016 Stef started his latest role as the Director of the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth programme job sharing with Cheryl Buggy, and will take full control of the role in January 2017 as Cheryl moves onto her next assignment.
Stef was born in London but moved to Portsmouth in 1974 and has made this his home since then. Having been formally adopted as a local by all his
friends he however is still to rip his loyalty away from his second passion, ( his first being his family ), his support of Chelsea Football Club.
Stef is married to Liz and has four children, Alex,Natalie,Carol & Gemma. Also Stef enjoys running and for the past 29 years has run with the same person, Barry Wood, 2/3 times a week for around 5 miles each time. In addition to this Stef enjoys off road biking once a week with friends Geoff & Mick.
Although Stef was born in London he never forgets his family roots which lie jointly in Poland (father), and Northern Ireland, (Mother).
He is very passionate about helping to making Portsmouth a world class city with great Business facilities, Tourism venues, and a aspirational strategy for all it’s inhabitants. Stef formally believes Portsmouth is and will be one of the UK’s greatest cities to live and work in and his role now as Director of the Shaping Portsmouth programme will allow him to develop this vision.
Operations & Programme Support Manager
Stuart was born in Germany while his father was serving in the British Army. After studying A-Levels in Computing, Philosophy & Ethics, English Language and German at Bradfield College, Berkshire, he attended the University of Birmingham and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy in 2008.
After graduating, Stuart returned to his gap-year job full time with the Midcounties Co-operative where he achieved the position of Deputy Store Manager. He has a long standing interest in voluntary and community activities, and has had voluntary experience in events planning and student advice and welfare.
Stuart moved to Portsmouth in January 2015, and has been working full time at Shaping Portsmouth since June 2015. He is responsible for the operational running of the organisation.
Communications & Programme Support Manager
Matt has lived in Portsmouth for his whole life, only leaving to go to university in Stafford, where he received a BSc (Hons) in Digital Film, Animation & 3D Technology.
On returning to Portsmouth Matt joined the office team at Express FM, assisting with recording and editing audio, creating graphics and logos, and managing their website, before moving over to Shaping Portsmouth in July 2013.
At Shaping, Matt's main roles are to manage social media, marketing, and the website, managing branding and graphic design, and the Portsmouth Ambassadors project. More recently he has taken on the programme support role for the School Support and Developers Group programmes.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys reading, drawing, and creating digital art.
Programme Coordinator for Next Generations
Keshia is an experienced leader whose passion and integrity saw her reach leadership level within two years of graduating from the University of Portsmouth, with a degree in English Language & Literature. Keshia is incredibly, unapologetically ambitious and has won numerous awards including ‘Woman to Watch’ at the Woman of the Year Awards.
In 2016 she founded TeachTech Solutions, a specialist recruitment agency, and is set to launch another company alongside this in the Spring of 2018.
Whilst busy carving a career after graduating, getting married and having her son, Charlie, Keshia always found time to volunteer at Shaping Portsmouth, EBP South, and local colleges, schools and the university. This unrelenting desire to help the Next Generation within the very city she was born and raised made Keshia the perfect candidate for our Next Generation Programme Manager role. Her focus will be on driving forward our programmes aimed at the 7-18 age range.