Simon is an outstanding Learning and Development professional with over 15 years’ experience of delivering tailored interventions to develop winning mindsets and increase ability, enabling people to surpass targets. This was demonstrated when working as the Elite Performance Coach for West Indies Cricket, supporting the team to T20 World Cup victory in 2012.
Simon believes in interactive, experiential learning; his development programmes are not just theory, using a combination of fun and challenging exercises to keep delegates engaged and moving towards their learning goal. By tapping into real-life, relevant experiences and situations Simon ensures the learning has practical applicable meaning. When required, he also use our professional role-players, allowing delegates to practice their new skills in realistic environments.
He has worked with large multinational organisations as well as SMEs across different industries including technology, finance, telecommunications, retail, hotels and construction. Some of the organisations he was worked with are TomTom, Google, HSBC, Hargreaves Lansdown, TalkTalk, Asics, Inchcape, Travelodge, Bovis Homes and Taylor Wimpey. Working closely with management and leadership teams at all levels, Simon delivers real business improvement through the development of people.
Simon is skilled at designing and presenting portfolios of bespoke experiential training and coaching solutions and creating powerful interventions. His dynamic approach to assisting leaders in navigating change and rising to ongoing challenges resulted in the creation of his own training business; helping people to win within themselves, within teams and within organisations. Simon’s passion for helping people to achieve the extraordinary has driven him to develop a suite of experiential training courses and development programmes focused on engagement, a crucial element to inspire action.
Approach to success
Using his experience in psychology, NLP, psychophysiology, coaching, psychometrics and training course delivery, alongside his upbeat and positive nature Simon quickly puts people at ease whilst supporting individuals and teams to achieve their goals. Underpinning his coaching sessions is his ability to build trusting partnerships with his clients which provides a safe, confidential environment for reflection and increased self-awareness.
The experience of living and working in different countries has developed a more well-rounded perspective which enables him to provide illuminating insights. His style of using objective challenge, his own intuition, and honest feedback helps Simon’s clients to see new perspectives, often gaining a strong belief that things that seemed impossible may now be possible. Simon provides his clients with an opportunity to identify, explore and utilise resources to maximise future directions. And then, importantly, take action.
- Building two-way partnerships and being a trusted advisor to rely upon for honest reflection
- Empathetically listening in order to truly understand and follow up with the right question
- Increasing self-awareness in others, the first building block of improvement
- Results-oriented conversations at all levels of the business leading to aligned action
- Creating opportunities to understand and develop personal and team purpose which identifies direction and sets a direction of ‘true north’
- Agile approach in sessions allows flexibility for the spontaneous and marries the correct tool/technique to maximise the learning opportunity
- Holding people to account coupled within a trusting relationship creates honest and challenging conversations which truly unlocks potential.
I was fortunate enough to work with Simon a few years ago. At that time, I was experiencing some difficulties at work and Simon helped me immensely in three important ways: Firstly, he calmed me down. When you’re in the thick of a problem it often becomes all absorbing and all consuming. Emotions get in the way of rational decision making and thought processes. Secondly, with careful, considerate and insightful questions Simon got me to talk through the problems I was facing and helped me to understand why I was reacting the way I was. Thirdly, Simon helped me to draw my own conclusions and to understand what actions I needed to take. He never imposed his own thoughts or judgements on me but ensured that I was completely in charge of my own decision making. Through this set of conversations and many over the following years, I have found Simon to be an incredibly thoughtful and thought-provoking person. He has an amazing knack of being able to lead you to the important points. I would be delighted to recommend him to anyone. Managing Director of a Global Investment Bank
From the first time we worked together the sessions were excellent and very informative. What I realised is that all the players were captivated by the visual demonstrations you presented. I can honestly say that seeing these demonstrations and constant reminders to our teammates whilst playing or just being in a team set-up has helped us in working towards our team goals. The job you’ve done in preparing us mentally was excellent and I do hope you can be a part of our team in the future. International cricket captain.
I had a fantastic time working with Simon in my capacity as a Technical Director in the construction sector. I came to the course confident in my abilities as a people manager, feeling I couldn’t be taught much more. Whilst Simon and I were on the same page, he brought techniques and skills to broaden my skillset that I hadn’t considered before, and improved me in areas I didn’t realise needed work. The team grew together during our time with Simon, and we still catch up now and discuss the things we learned during the course. I would recommend Simon to any individual or company looking to take their management skill set to the next level, whatever level it may currently be. Technical Director in the construction industry.
Other activities and contributions
Qualified to deliver Psychological Safety surveys and interpret the results, Simon regularly works with a variety of teams from numerous industries to help create the particular team environment necessary to achieve their success. As a keen sportsman, he still works with professional sports people from various disciplines, supporting them to maximise their potential. Simon has been known to combine his passion for supporting others to improve with his love for sport and music by suggesting proven exercises to gain breakthrough thought processes. He is a natural competitor who is results oriented and blends these drivers with empathy, trust and a desire to help.
Simon has written and delivered various workshops, virtually and in person, covering topics ranging from tools required to develop emotional intelligence through to leading people in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world. He partners with managers and leaders to enable them to have brilliant communication with themselves and others in order to gain improved results through their people.