Having studied Surveying at Northern Polytechnic, Stephen's career as a Commercial Surveyor began in 1972 when he joined the Estates Department of Finlay and Company Ltd (the retail subsidiary of the Imperial Tobacco Group PLC.) He later joined Ayton Hooper Chartered Surveyors (1974-1977) where he became an Associate Partner and then Elliott Son and Boyton (1977-1992) becoming a joint Senior Equity Partner, Head of the National Retail and Leisure Department and Managing Director of the London Office. In 1992, Stephen established Stephen Kane and Company, Chartered Surveyors, specialising in the retail and leisure sectors of the UK and European property markets. Retained clients include: Academy Music Group; Brooks Brothers; David Clulow; Furla; Futon Company; Georg Jensen; Greggs PLC; Le Pain Quotidien; Mark Wilkinson Furniture; Oakley; Oliver Peoples; Original Penguin; Pandora; Patara Restaurants; Ponti's Restaurant Group; RayBan; Slowear; Smallbone; Soho House Group; Sunglass Hut; Victoria Beckham; Watches of Switzerland Group and Zegna In addition, Stephen has held positions as a non-Executive Director with a number of companies including, historically, Hobbs Ltd, David Clulow, Oasis Stores, and, currently, with Brooks Brothers UK Ltd, and Furla UK Ltd. Following a number of years of involvement with Central School of Ballet, Stephen was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2010.