Associate Partner, Managing Director '1805', London
Simon is a senior advisor to financial services clients. He enjoys working directly with the Boards and Executive of organisations, where leadership and succession change requires careful thought, a broad business and international perspective, plus sensitive, swift progress.
He is based from London and works internationally 50% of his time. He founded 1805 Ltd in early 2016, having previously led the Financial Services Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates in London. He worked there as partner and for 12 years was globally coordinating executive and Board relationships across the Consumer and Commercial Banking, Wealth and Insurance sectors.
Simon has worked extensively on UK/Australian joint mandates since 2008 and 'anchored' the UK end of Australian/UK client relationships for financial services and more broadly across industries. This work was at its height post GFC. It has spanned Wealth, Insurance and Banking, primarily supporting leading ASX organisations and private equity portfolio businesses. He is currently advising four Banks in Australia with their digital transformation strategy, as part of his work with 10x Banking and was most recently in Australia in September 2019.
Formatively in the Royal Navy for 10 years, initially as a navigator, Simon was promoted to be the youngest serving Commanding Officer before leaving the Service and transitioning in to the Executive Search industry in 2000.