My name is Stephen (although most people call me Dows). I have worked in the charitable sector and Students' Unions for over ten years. Working in both the private and third sector. I have helped train and develop hundred's of people in skills around leadership, facilitation, public speaking and campaigning.
Along with that I have spent most of my career working to improve democracy and governance in charities and membership organisations. I want to help more people be the change they want to see in the world. Which is why I created Stand & Be Counted.
Who I’ve Worked With
In a previous life I was a President at the University of Teesside Students' Union, which made me the person you see today.
I am a former 'chugger', magician, shelf stacker, white liner, activist and a former defender of democracy and activism at Leeds University Union.
By pure fluke I also find myself working for the Sheffield Steelers (Ice Hockey Club) doing audio and PA stuff. Which I like a lot.
I love training and developing people, especially around areas such as public speaking, how to campaign effectively, how to get elected in Students' Union and how to chair/ facilitate effectively. You can even hire me to come and do some of this stuff for your organisation if that's your thing.
I have compered charity auctions in front of 100's of corporate sponsors and I speak to 6,000 fans every weekend in the Sheffield Arena. I have hosted shows on PremierSports and provided colour commentary on SteelersTV. Me and microphones have a good relationship.
I have helped manage and grow the Social Media presence of both charitable and corporate organisations.