Stephen Lusty left Nottingham University with a degree in Modern Languages, and then, following an engineering apprenticeship, became an Export Sales Engineer with a Leicester woodworking machinery manufacturer. His subsequent career in industry (machine tools, dust filters, ball bearings) included a 7 year period living in Germany and culminated in senior posts managing SME’s for European multi-nationals, the most recent one being as MD of Airmaster Engineering Ltd in Leeds.

In the 1990’s he was also Chair of The Environmental Industries Commission, lobbying government on issues affecting Environmental legislation on behalf of environmental equipment suppliers.

Since retiring from industry in 2006, he has formed a Walking tour company in York – Yorktour Ltd – which currently guides some 400 groups per year around the historic sites of York in most European languages.

From his various business roles he has accumulated a broad spectrum of experience in general management and in European culture.

Stephen chaired the Yorkshire Philosophical Society from 2010-15, and subsequently loined the board of the York Museum Trust as trustee.

Stephen is married to Sharon from whom he has four children (now in their twenties) and a further two children and four grandchildren in Germany from a first marriage.  He appears regularly on BBC Radio York’s Opinion Panel.

His other interests include rugby, walking, music, history and art.