Simon is a senior commercial strategy and sustainability expert with extensive board-level experience. With more than 25 years’ experience, he has a proven track record of delivering measurable impacts, improved performance and entrepreneurial success across multiple sectors, jurisdictions and geographies.
An Associate Fellow of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Simon is also Visiting Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at the University of Chester. A regular speaker and effective presenter, he holds leadership roles across the private, public and third sectors. He specialises in the alignment of commercial strategy with sustainability, risk and reputation.
Building on expertise gained from serving on the UK and global boards of a large PLC and as a Partner at an international change management firm, Simon has led strategy development and engagement-driven change programmes for clients including regulated utilities, professional services firms and listed companies.
The author of the IMechE guide to commercialising clean technology, Simon has also worked with many earlier stage businesses, successfully supporting them through market entry and into growth. His work with investors focuses on commercial due diligence and the value propositions of portfolio companies.
Simon currently serves as a Leeds City Region LEP board member and Chair of the Leeds City Region Green Economy Panel, and is on the advisory panel for Cranfield University Agri-Food programme. A Fellow of the RSA and RGS, Simon is Chair of Solutions for the Planet, a not-for-profit focusing on STEM skills and innovation. He was co-founder of the Community Energy Charity ‘Pure Leapfrog’ and was part of the team that evolved the Integrated Reporting framework.
Why do I work with Project Rome?
We set up Project Rome because the market was asking for a combination of strategy, communication and campaign skills to address complex challenges. All roads were leading in that direction – which also explains where the name came from.
What do I feel most proud of?
I have cycled from Gibraltar to John O’Groats. Admittedly not in one go, but nevertheless….