Prior to 1990 Stephen Brooker was a partner in Ernst & Young, leading a unit in the management consultancy division. He trained as a Chartered Accountant in the London office of Arthur Young after reading Economics at Cambridge. Stephen went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge as Bursar and Fellow where he was responsible for unifying all the non-academic administration and implementing full budgeting and management accounting systems. He was active at this time on the executive committee of the Charity Finance Directors’ Group and also on the Cambridge Bursars’ Committee.
Stephen then embarked on a portfolio career which has seen him involved in many charities at home and abroad as an adviser, executive and trustee. As well as a number of part-time executive posts in the private sector, Stephen retained his links with the University of Cambridge by serving on their Audit Committee for several terms, over 11 years. He was a non-executive director of East & North Herts NHS Trust for over 10 years, chairing their Audit Committee throughout that time and serving as vice chairman for his last year in post. From 2004 to 2010 Stephen served as Chair of The Audit Committee of the Law Society.
Stephen is currently a Trustee, and Treasurer and Vice Chairman, of the British Council for Prevention of Blindness and a founding Trustee of the Honorary Treasurers' Forum among other charity roles; and Chairman of the charity/not-for-profit practice at Russam GMS Ltd, an interim management provider. He is also active as a Past Master on the Court of his City Livery Company (the Glovers), chairing all three of their charities and serving in his local church as a Lay Minister.