Stewart has a long career in the charitable grant making world, in central and local government as well as more than 20 years in various charitable foundations, including as Principal Grants Officer at The City Bridge Trust and Head of Secretariat of the London Bombings Relief Fund and the volunteer Head of Operations at the London Emergencies Trust.
An all-round sports enthusiast, Stewart has helped run local cricket and badminton clubs for many years. He spends far too much time watching football and cricket on TV and is a long-suffering QPR fan. He is also a non-league football season ticket holder and shareholder at his local supporter-owned club. He claims to be willing to give (almost) any sport a try!
Stewart is currently Chair of the Essex Wildlife Trust, Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and a trustee of the several of the landfill community trusts in the south of the county. He was also a long-serving school governor and has been a trustee of other local and national charities. One of his proudest moments was as a volunteer in the London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies!