Simon has spent the past 12-plus years working in learning and development and change consultancy businesses (most recently for Ashridge Business School) supporting clients in transforming their organisations and developing learning cultures. Over this time, he has been based in the UK and Germany, and worked extensively across Central Europe, through fluent English and German, and enthusiastic Polish.
Common areas of focus for his work include culture change and strategic engagement in organisations, especially in the context of achieving greater organisational agility, customer orientation, collaboration and playfulness. Simon is particularly interested in the role organisational language, metaphor, story and narratives play in shaping, perpetuating, or changing cultures. He works with individuals and functional and leadership teams to help them explore these patterns and their implications for their success.
He has worked with a wide range of public, private and third sector clients. These have included organisations such as Barclays, Siemens, Bayer, Shell, British Council, VW, Telefónica, Regina Maria Healthcare, the NHS, and Novartis, amongst others.
Simon is a CIPD qualified L&D practitioner, holds the Ashridge Masters in Organisational Change, and has a first degree in English and German Literature from The Queen’s College, Oxford.
He lives with his wife and two children between Berlin and Oxford. When not metaloguing, he enjoys running, kayaking and literary translation, particularly lyric poetry which he also writes.
“For me, Metalogue is about exploring alternative ways of being in organisations. This often involves bringing in different voices and perspectives, freeing up stuck patterns, and enabling organisations to be successful through lightness rather than force.”