Simon is a serial entrepreneur / innovator – he helped co-found and scale-up One Water, Zopa.com, The Local Data Company. He is an investor in TalentCupboard.com, Yoti.com, Wrisk.co and Howz.com – all of which are pioneering innovative technology.
Simon was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours List “for services to enterprise, enterprise promotion and humanitarian issues”
Simon is fascinated by the whole new era of technology we’re entering, which has the potential to “transform everything around us from being passively dumb to being predictively intelligent”. This technology may create whole new industries which didn’t exist before, and create new businesses which were previously unimaginable.
Simon is a Non-Exec Director of The Student Loans Company and InnovateUK. He is Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) for the UK Government, reporting to Dept BEIS and he is EiR for the National Physical Laboratory – whose stated mission is to “Maximise the positive impact of science on society”.
Simon was the General Manager of the Business Division of O2 UK and cofounded Wayra Europe, the business accelerator that belongs to Telefonica. The fund he managed invested in 234 fast-growth digital businesses.