Career Highlights

2003 - 2016 | General Legal Counsel and Company Secretary

DARTY PLC

1998 - 2003 | General Legal Counsel and Company Secretary

Baltimore Technologies PLC

1994 - 1997 | Group Legal Advisor and Company Secretary

Central Transport Rental Group PLC

1992 - 1994 | Company Secretary

B&Q PLC

1989 - 1992 | Company Secretary

Chartwell Land PLC

Aziz Mentor - UK

An internationally-focussed strategic adviser with retail, property and software industry experience. Simon offers expertise in cross-border M&A, corporate finance, activist shareholders and complex corporate issues, including remuneration. Leading negotiations on corporate transactions in the UK, Europe, Australia, Japan and the US, his insight spans the retail, property and software industries.

Specific Expertise

  • transformation
  • digital start-ups
  • expansion into emerging markets
  • exit strategy
  • financial discipline
  • senior HR including remuneration
  • business continuity
  • M&A
  • governance processes

Career history

Simon’s career began as Company Secretary and later, Legal Advisor and Group Legal Counsel roles for several public companies. Through these roles he gained significant insight in dealing with major corporate operations, including complex cross-border negotiations. Simon’s NED and advisory experience dates from 2003 and spans a range of fields from technology to clothing.

Current Portfolio

Since stepping back from full-time corporate life, Simon enjoys a plural portfolio, including working as an adviser with an IT start-up, an online fashion retailer and an online moisturiser start-up. He is leading the Cyber practice for a firm of solicitors, and also manages a property portfolio.

Pro bono, he is a member of the Audit Committee at Exeter University and is Governor at NE Surrey College of Technology.

Personal Interests

field sports

boating

rugby

Key Influencers

“Archie Norman, prior Chairman at Chartwell Land. I worked with him on transactions and he is a brilliant tactician in negotiations.”

Mentoring Experience

“Since going plural, I have been a mentor to the founders at all the small companies in which I am involved.”

Memberships

  • member of the Law Society
  • member of the Chairmans’ Network

Locations

within 1.5 hours’ train travel from Central London