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Stephan joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency at MRCC Shetland in 2005 and served in a number of roles in HM Coastguard. In 2012 he became the MCA’s Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer for Scotland and Northern Ireland. He provided an MCA regional point of contact for a wide variety of stakeholders including ports, offshore operators, environmental regulators, Local Authorities and many others. In March 2017, Stephan joined the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on a secondment with the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning and was officially appointed Deputy to the SOSREP later that year. Stephan has been acting in the role of SOSREP since May 2018. In maritime incident response, he works closely with other government departments, salvage companies, and the many other interested parties. In his different roles, he has managed many incidents and attended a variety of shipping casualties.