A partner at research and consulting firm Change Agency, Simon specialises in working with sustainability initiatives, including the Better Cotton Initiative, ISEAL Alliance, 4C Association, the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the Sustainable Agriculture Network, the Organic Cotton Accelerator and Cotton Made in Africa (CMIA).
A qualified performance coach and business mediator, Simon previously spent 25 years as a broadcaster and senior radio executive, including periods as HR Director and Communications Director at GWR Group, now Global Radio, with responsibility for over 1, 000 staff.
Simon is chair of Schumacher Society UK, which celebrates the work of “green” economist E.F. Schumacher. He served as Chair of Textile Exchange Europe and now sits on the Advisory Board of TE. He has also served on the Wessex Water Sustainability Panel, where he co-wrote the company’s 25-year Sustainability Vision, and has been a Trustee of the think tank Demos.
With a first degree from Cambridge University, he graduated in 2005 with an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the School of Management at the University of Bath. His account of his approach to effecting change is published in “Leadership for Sustainability – An Action Research Approach” by Marshall, Coleman and Reason (2011).
He is fascinated by the interaction between sustainability and social justice, and passionately believes that systems such as Organic, which try to bring about a just transfer of funds from rich to poor, must strengthen themselves against the increasing numbers of other initiatives which are less focussed on bringing about any profound improvement in the lives of producers.