As the founding Director of Abley Transportation Consultants, Steve is now the Managing Director of a successful company that provides specialist transportation advice in New Zealand and Australia.
Steve left school at the age of 17 and worked as an engineering technician for the then Royds Garden that ultimately became MWH. He completed his New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE) while working for Fulton Hogan as a State highways road maintenance manager and went on to complete his Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours (BE Hons) at the University of Canterbury. He worked in the United Kingdom for a specialist transportation consultant for over 4 years and at the same time became a Member the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (MIPENZ), a New Zealand Registered Engineer, Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers (MICE) and Chartered Engineer (CEng UK). While in the UK he also held the position of Honorary Technical Consultant to Living Streets UK.
He returned to New Zealand in 2003 and became increasingly involved in the engineering community and was subsequently elected as the local IPENZ Canterbury Branch Chairman and in 2006 he was one of the youngest engineers to be elected onto the IPENZ Governing Board. Around this time he also became a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (MInstD) and a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Management (retired). He is a Hume Fellowship and Transit New Zealand Scholar and he was a 2006 NZIM/Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year finalist, a Commonwealth Study Conferences awardee and previous Institute of Directors Aspiring Director of the Year award finalist. He was recently elected as a Fellow of IPENZ (FIPENZ) in recognition for his technical and leadership skills.