Royal Designer of Industry Stephen Michael Payne was engaged with Carnival Corporation for over 26 years culminating with the position of Vice President Chief Naval Architect. Stephen had a wide ranging role with Carnival and was instrumental in the design and construction of over forty passenger ships between January 1985 and December 2010.
Stephen’s greatest achievement was the design and project management of Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2. Evaluating market trends and consideration of the business model led to an epoch breaking design that has proven to be eminently successful in service. Stephen managed the project throughout, leading contract and specification negotiations with the shipyard in the pre-contract phase, monitoring construction and finally accepting delivery of the ship on behalf of Cunard upon her completion. In recognition the success of the project he was awarded the title Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen and was awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Between July 2007 and July 2010 he was the President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and in July 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2010 he was appointed one of the eight trustees of the City of Southampton Cultural Trust.
Stephen graduated from the University of Southampton in 1984 with an Honours Degree in Ship Science. During his time at Southampton Stephen was a member of the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU), part of the RNR.
Stephen is a Governor of Quilley School of Engineering (Eastleigh) and is a founding member of “Future Engineers”, an ongoing programme to promote awareness of careers in engineering to youth. In July 2010 he was awarded the title of “Amazing Person 2010” by Solent Education Business Partnership for his work in promoting engineering careers to young people.