Steve McCulley

Steve McCulley

Former Royal Marine, turned Entrepreneur and Racing Driver

Steve served a testing seventeen year career in the Royal Marines where he was deployed all over the world. In 2011 he suffered a very serious injury which put him in a coma for three weeks and rehabilitation for almost 3 years. Whilst recovering he founded LIOS Bikes, where he created the world’s lightest foldable bike. Being the petrol head that he is, Steve also became a racing driver for Invictus Games Racing.

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Steve switched to motorpsort as a second career and made an immediate impact. He has competed in over 50 races in the last four years, with a 50% podium finish rate, and is an ARDS ‘A Grade’ Instructor.

Prior to his motorsport career, he was a commissioned officer in the Royal Marines for seventeen years, where he served in all the Commando Units and deployed all over the world, including operational tours to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, before his career was cut short.

Whilst in command of 175 marines on his second operational tour to Afghanistan in 2011, during an extremely hostile period in Helmand Province, his leadership and management skills were fully tested in the most dire of situations. Whilst operating in an area that at the time was considered to be the most dangerous square mile on Earth, he was very seriously injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which put him in a coma for three weeks and physical rehabilitation for over two years.

Whilst in rehab he soon realised that his military career was over and, faced with great adversity, he turned his passion for cycling into a business and established a custom carbon bike building company – LIOS Bikes (abbreviated from the names of his children, Lily & Oscar). In November 2018 Steve won the ‘Heropreneur of the Year’ award, an inaugural event aimed to shine a spotlight on the business achievements of Armed Forces personnel who have founded their own companies.

As he could no longer compete on two wheels, and being a petrol head from a young age, he gravitated towards four wheels and an engine. After being introduced to Mission Motorsport in 2013, Steve soon found himself involved with the forces’ motorsport charity whilst in its infancy and at the beginning of 2014 he was selected to race in the 2014 Caterham Academy.

In 2017 Steve had a 70% podium finish rate in the Caterham 310R Championships and in 2018 he is aiming to translate that success to British GT, where he will be racing a Jaguar F Type SVR GT4 in British GT for the Invictus Games Racing Team. With the ambition to continue competing at the highest levels, he continues to build upon his motorsport career in order to enhance his experience as a talented racing driver, coach and instructor.

Steve is also a polished inspirational speaker. He highlights his experience in leadership and management whilst serving in the marines and setting up a new business. Steve also speaks insightfully about the adversity he faced in overcoming life-changing injuries and he shares his passion for motorsport, that fuels his drive to succeed.

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“Steve recently spoke at a fundraising dinner. He gave an extremely moving account of how he was injured and how he never gave up on his long road to recovery, even when faced with serious setbacks in his rehabilitation. What is more remarkable, indeed inspirational, was that he established his own business whilst on that incredible journey. Steve spoke with humility and his story of determination and overcoming adversity touched everyone in the audience.”

Mark Davenport, Partner, Eversheds


Steve’s story is nothing short of amazing! Steve’s talk was hugely motivational to my students and the Faculty staff alike. Everyone who attended were completely inspired by him and his journey. We can teach entrepreneurial traits, but to hear it at first hand and to see it embodied from someone like Steve was truly awesome. We cannot wait to welcome him back to the University!”

William Lanham-New, Programme Director for the Undergraduate Business Management (Entrepreneurship) Pathway, University of Surrey


“Steve ensured that his speech was highly relevant to his audience and his honest account of his experiences were extremely moving and gripped the audience throughout. I would have no hesitation in working with Steve again.”

Sally-Anne Hunter, Founder & Director, Lifetime Challenge Events Ltd


Pretty cool stat‼️😲

We’ll take that. 😊

Yep...very pleased to see a @Jaguar in the top 3! 😁

After the excitement of @BritishGT at @Oulton_Park, I can now comprehend the achievement by the @RacingInvictus team.

Showing truly @WeAreInvictus ‘unconquered spirit’ we secured 3 podiums!

R1: 1st - GT4 Pro/AM & 6th - GT4 Overall.

R2: 2nd - GT4 Pro/Am & 3rd - GT4 Overall.


My missus @humbell just showed me the video to this that’s doing the rounds on Faceweb and said she finds @katelawler sexy & talented🙈

Now I do!...


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