Simon is an Entrepreneur, OD (Organisational Development) Specialist and Academic. He is currently the CEO of The ODD Company and CEO of The Guardian Service Limited.
With a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from Nottingham Business School (NBS), he is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Irish Institute of Training and Development. As a Visiting Fellow at NBS he supervises doctoral candidates with a particular interest in culture change, culture measurement, and the relationships between culture and key business metrics and strategic initiatives.
The new organization of today - the deconstruction of the traditional hierarchy in favour of a network of teams is an area of specialization for Simon. His recent book “Wake up and smell the coffee – the imperative of teams” is a guide to creating the network and driving team effectiveness, shifting the organization from a hierarchical structure to a horizontal flow that improves agility and response times to changing markets, and customer demands. Wake up and smell the coffee… has been nominated for business book of the year 2019 by the CMI, British Library and the Henley Business School.
He founded The ODD Company in 2012 to deliver TDP (Team Diagnostic Profiler), to the international markets. TDP is a cloud-based team development tool and methodology and a platform for the networked organization.
In 2013 he co-founded the Guardian Service Limited (GSL). GSL provides a confidential staff liaison service to National Health Service (NHS) staff and other public sector bodies in the UK through a team of dedicated Guardians. Today GSL supports over 75,000 public sector employees in the United Kingdom.