With over 20 years of experience working with both private and listed business, Stephen has provided key financial and strategic advice since inception. Prior to joining 4D pharma plc, Stephen was Group Finance Director of Aquarius Equity Partners, a European healthcare fund. Stephen’s role was key in not only the development of the funds, but also the financial stability of the group. At Aquarius, Stephen also played a key role in the development of the portfolio, working with management teams across companies such Nanoco Technologies, Tissue Regenix and Auralis, as well playing a more formal role as interim FD at Brabant Pharma. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Tenon (now RSM), and working as Group FD for a local engineering company, Stephen founded an accountancy practice, Summ.it Assist LLP, which delivers outsourced tailor-made solutions covering financial, HR and IT solutions to SMEs and, since inception, has grown to over 30 staff across offices in Manchester and Mauritius. During this time Stephen has also acted as non-executive director for various SMEs and spent 18 months as interim FD for Touchstar Technologies during the successful reverse takeover of that business by Belgravium Technologies plc.