Steve now spends his spare time exploring, trying to control an excitable toddler chasing lambs, and enjoying everything from lakeside walks, feeding the ducks and shopping to relaxed lunches and enjoying the array of family attractions the Lake District has to offer.
“The message that there is more to do in Cumbria than just walking is something that could be improved upon,” continues Steve, “and I'm sure Holker Group can help with that.”
Apart from family and friends, Steve struggles to think of anything else he misses since leaving Chester. One thing he certainly doesn’t miss is the grind of the daily commute.
“I used to drive from Chester to Manchester along the M56, which is the most horrendous of commutes,” he grimaces.
“It used to take me three hours to do that round trip – its takes me less than half the time to get from Chester to Cartmel. There’s a bit of a myth that the Lakes is a long way away.”
A much shorter commute means he has more time to focus on striking a good work-life balance – although Steve is clearly someone who throws himself into his work. On top of a busy schedule of events, he is looking to develop the racecourse car park, re-site the stables and refurbish its restaurant.
“I really want to do a good job for the Cavendish family,” he says.
“They care about the company, its people and the local community. Having been in the corporate world for so long that’s a really great feeling.”