Simon brings with him a multi-industry (Telecoms, chemicals, leisure and manufacturing) and multi discipline (General management, Sales and Operations) understanding spanning over 20 years, operating at the higher levels of organisations.
Outside of work, Simon is trustee and treasurer for a charity that offers grants to some of the local community projects, he is a Scout Group Chairman, and is responsible for Growth for Scouting in Solihull County as well as manager and commissioner training for Solihull.
Simon has been an executive coach, coaching supervisor and leadership facilitator in his own business for over 9 years. His understanding of the many tensions at play when operating as a leader helps his clients to further release the potential that lies within, enabling them to hone their energies to deliver greater performance.
Simon is a member of the Association for Coaching, and leads the West Midlands Co Coaching practice group. He also is active in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, where he collaborates and shapes the thinking in the regional Learning and Development committee.
Described as “easy to talk to, but challenging with it”, Simon uses his eclectic collection of tools and learnings to benefit what is being presented by a client at that moment in time. Methods engaged could vary from psychometrics through active listening to challenging conversation. His preference is for face to face meetings, although as relationship and rapport grows, this can be complemented by other communication methods including phone and video.
Simon left the corporate world to complete a full time MBA at Aston University. He not only gained a distinction specialising in “Leading people for competitive advantage” but also was awarded best student in the year.
Simon went on to complete a PG Cert in Business and Personal Coaching with Barefoot Coaching awarded by University of Chester, and has also completed the training for Coaching Supervision. He is registered with the British Psychological Society Testing Unit to administer Occupational Ability and Personality Tests.
“I believe at its simplest element, the reason why people don’t achieve what they want to achieve is often down to interference. By working with clients to understand this interference, and build a strategy to overcome it in this complex and uncertain world, that individuals’ performance will improve greatly.”
Prior to starting work, Simon studied at Nottingham University where he gained a BSc (Jt Hons) in Chemistry and Biochemistry.