Stephen Maddock was born in Lichfield in 1968. He went to school in Sussex, and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford, graduating in 1990. He worked as a Production Assistant at BBC Radio 3 for three years, with responsibility for the BBC Lunchtime Concerts from St. John's Smith Square. In 1993 he was appointed by Sir John Drummond as Planning Assistant for the BBC Proms, and in 1995 the new role of Administrator was created for him when Nicholas Kenyon became Proms Director. In this capacity he oversaw all aspects of artistic planning, logistics, budgeting, broadcast liaison, marketing and public affairs for the BBC Proms until the end of the 1999 season, a period which saw a significant expansion of the festival's scale of activities, international profile, range of repertoire and performers, and its live and broadcast audiences. In 1999 he left the BBC and was appointed Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he is responsible for all the activities of one of the world's great symphony orchestras, and for its four choruses and its administrative and rehearsal home, CBSO Centre. In 2001 he secured a record Stabilisation grant of £4.75m from the Arts Council of England to enable the CBSO to be put on a more secure financial footing. He has been a CD reviewer for the BBC Music Magazine, a programme note writer for the Wigmore Hall, and is currently a Director of the Association of British Orchestras, a Trustee of the Barber Institute, on the Board of Marketing Birmingham and one half of the Midlands team on BBC Radio 4's Round Britain Quiz. He lives in Solihull with his wife Kate and their two young children.