Simon has over 25 years’ higher education leadership, management, consultancy and academic experience including, Head of the Strategy Project Group at the University of Leeds, Chief Executive for the White Rose University Consortium and Board Member for the US National Consortium for Continuous Improvement.
Simon is responsible for the strategic development of SUMS service portfolio and is SUMS’ expert lead for strategy, strategic change and transformation assignments. He concentrates on the delivery of complex large assignments with an innovation and impact focus. Simon has supported over 25 different universities with large strategy, development and transformational change projects ranging from strategy development, target operating model development, longer-term change and process change capability, reviewing the configuration and effectiveness of professional services.
Awarded a Fellowship by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Simon pioneered the creation and development of the first dedicated central strategic change team in a UK University and the creation and development of the first fully integrated strategic planning and transformation programme using the strategy map and balanced scorecard approach in a university.
Simon was instrumental in promoting the wider adoption of strategic change teams and integrated strategic planning and transformation approaches in other universities. He has worked with a wide range of international (Malaysia, Poland, US, Norway, Sweden, Russia) universities, NGOs, sector bodies and Higher Education agencies to further develop and advance best practice in leading strategic change in universities.
Simon lives in rural North Yorkshire where he competes as a track cyclist.
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