Deputy Managing Director, ITV
After leaving school Simon decided that University was not for him and joined the army.
This was followed by work in Venezuela, America and Australia before returning to the UK in 1991 to start work on the ‘new’ Daily Telegraph, which had recently been purchased by Conrad Black. Having managed the launch of the Saturday Magazine in 1995 he decided to set up his own publishing company, and in 1998 sold it to Tony O’Riley’s Independent Magazines.
Simon then joined the fledgling Classic FM and within 4 years it had grown into the biggest commercial radio station in the UK and the most profitable. In 2005 Classic FM and its parent company GWR merged with Capital Radio and Simon became the Group Commercial Director. On the sale of GCap Media
to Global, Simon left and joined the early social media revolution working for MySpace as Commercial Director.
Simon joined ITV plc in January 2011 as Group Commercial Sales Director and recently promoted to Deputy Managing Director, Commercial.
In his free time he has rowed across the Irish Sea and walked to the South Pole, unsupported on both trips.
He has also led an expedition to the North Pole with 4 wounded soldiers and HRH Prince Harry. Simon completed his second South Pole challenge in December 2013 for Walking With The Wounded, a charity which he founded and he has raised nearly £3 million for various charities.