Stephen Murphy currently serves as Principal of his own advisory business, as well as sitting as Chairman at The Learning Clinic, an award winning healthcare technology company and as an adviser to Ashcombe Advisers – a boutique corporate finance house. Previously Stephen was Group CEO of Virgin Group from 2005-2011 having succeeded the Founder, Sir Richard Branson. Stephen joined the Virgin Group in 1994 with a remit from Richard Branson to rationalise and restructure the business following the sale of Virgin Music. In 2000 he briefly left the Group to become CEO of IP Powerhouse, but rejoined Virgin in 2001 to take responsibility for all of Virgin’s aviation and rail interests.
Stephen oversaw the creation of many new Virgin businesses including Virgin Blue in Australia and Virgin America in the US. In total, Virgin has created more than 300 branded companies worldwide, employing 50,000 people in 30 countries. Global branded revenues for the Group in 2010 exceeded $20 billion, and the company is valued at $3.5bn. Stephen has extensive experience of working with entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors. Stephen completed his schooling and went to university in Liverpool, later qualifying as a chartered management accountant. His early career was in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail with stints at Unilever, Mars Group, Burton Group and Quaker Oats.