I joined the Golf Foundation in February 2018 and Stephen was always so supportive of me and my role. He was always sending through ideas, suggestions, introductions and was such a sharp mind – I always breathed a sigh of relief when he didn’t ask a question after I had delivered my fundraising report at Board! His passion for golf and young people was great and evident in all that he did to support our charity. He was held in such respect but was so easy to approach, interesting to talk to and will be sorely missed.

Vanessa Bell, Head of Fundraising, The Golf Foundation

I was saddened to hear of Stephen’s passing and I wanted to send my condolences to his family and many work colleagues. I didn’t know him that well but the times that I did meet Stephen he was always very professional and very passionate about his company and the services he provided. I am sure his passion and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by you all but his legacy I am sure will live on in the company.

Nick Tempest, Euroselect Golf Stores

A great guy; and a sad loss. Condolences from GBI and myself.

John Ashworth

A wonderful man. He was always such a gentleman to deal with and wise in his counsel.

Juliet Slot

What sad news, a true pioneer and someone I personally owe a lot to.

Rob Campbell, Kantar

Very sorry to hear this news. Please pass on our condolences to Stephens family and to your team.

Ross Marshall, Palatinate Investment Group

Really sorry to hear this news, send my condolences to his family and the rest of the SMS team.

Jason Brown, ILTM

He was the most amazing man and I learnt a lot from him during my time at SMS. He will be truly missed.

Karen Fan, European Sponsorship Association (and formerly SMS)

A lovely man and a true gent. Condolences to his friends and family

Jerry Kilby, ClubNet Systems

Stephen was a lovely chap. Condolences to you and the SMS team.

John McKenzie, Landmark