"Simon stepped in at short notice to run my 25-strong Global Food Procurement Team. He has been an excellent choice. Simon has a wealth and breadth of procurement knowledge, built from his various assignments in the past, and is able to draw on these experiences to make a strong impact in a very short time. He has excellent interpersonal skills, is a good listener, able to engage stakeholders and reassure them on the planned outcomes of the resolution of issues.
Simon became an integral member of the leadership team, driving forwards the innovation agenda, with passion, insights and purpose. He is an excellent addition to any team – no matter how long or short the mission.
My only regret is to not have been able to convince him to stay with the organisation on a permanent basis".
Vice President, Global Food Procurement, Danone
"From coaching budget holders to writing and delivering strong category plans to advising on everything from sourcing of raw materials to forklift trucks, helping us manage our intellectual property and training many of our employees in negotiation, Simon is always helpful, an excellent critical thinker and a pleasure to work with".
"Simon undertook a review of our procurement organisation and approach across European markets. He brings an ability to ask great questions, extensive benchmark experience and pragmatism to get the job done in a way that is fit for purpose. He delivered what he said he would deliver on time and to budget and provided regular and timely updates on progress. We received insight and recommendations that we could act on and hence move the function and business forward."
Director Corporate Affairs, Arriva
"Simon helped us during our due diligence process on a potential acquisition. Simon focused on upside potentials, mainly within the value chain steps recipe development and composition, procurement and sourcing. In our view, Simon has an in-depth experience and detailed knowledge in this industry and his input was instrumental in assessing the target at hand.
Throughout the project, Simon constantly demonstrated a strong commitment to the project; his expertise was also highly acknowledged by the key management of the target. Working with Simon was very pleasant, as he adhered to all deadlines and his reports/analyses were spot on and well elaborated.
In case the project had materialised, we would have suggested to engage Simon in a longer term commitment to execute the identified optimisation projects and rebuild-up the full R&D/purchasing organisation within the target (project duration >12 months).
We look very much forward to working with Simon again".
Associate, Ergon Capital Partners
"Simon played a pivotal role in the setting up and development of Malawi Mangoes. Working with the leadership team to secure the full scale investment, creating and implementing the end-to-end supply chain, marketing Malawi Mangoes on the world stage, devising the commercial strategy, procurement of factory capex and running the risk committee with the investors, Simon's insights, ideas and courage to challenge the status quo proved invaluable in transforming Malawi Mangoes operations from concept to reality.”
Rob Kay Shuttleworth
Chairman, Malawi Mangoes
"Simon was instrumental during a period of great change in my life. He gave me the confidence to make some tough, life changing decisions and took me on an exciting journey of self-discovery. What I learned will have an effect on me for the rest of my life and I’d fully recommend his coaching - for everyday decisions through to a life changing career move.
A great listener who genuinely cares, Simon challenged me on difficult topics and taught me techniques to get through tricky situations. Taking on any challenge with passionate enthusiasm, his positive approach made me believe I could achieve anything. Without his mentoring, I would not be where I am today".
Marketing Director, Walkers Biscuits
"Simon is a fantastic coach! He has a wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience to bring training to life and is great at breaking down any problem and simplifying it with models. Simon brings the right balance of support and objective provocation to enhance your results.".
Strategic Sourcing Manager, Mars
Commercial Director, Mars North America
‘’Simon is a realist, is perceptive and has real business acumen. His insight and experience meant that very quickly he gathered an understanding of the key factors in what is a very complicated business. He will acknowledge best practice when it is present and advocate a no change policy supported by facts. Where practices are found wanting he highlights the shortcomings constructively along with explanations and ways to improve. With Simon you always feel he is working with you from a position of understanding to enhance business performance rather than reciting text book procurement mantra with empathy absent. This, combined with his genuine enthusiasm for his subject area and contagious passion for procurement meant he was a pleasure to work with. For these reasons his consultancy is one that is really worth having.’’
Procurement Director, Flamingo Horticulture
"Simon is a highly engaging, extremely professional, structured and technically very competent procurement professional who has added immensely to our business.
Not only has Simon put in place the strategy and framework, Simon has delivered large parts of it while at the same time coaching and developing a young team around him. A key strength of Simon’s is imparting his knowledge onto the young up and coming next generation of talent to ensure continuity.
The key deliverable was to in-source our raw material sourcing while getting closer to the ingredient source to ensure quality, technical specification and price. Simon has delivered on this and achieved the return on investment we set out to achieve at the start.
I can highly recommend Simon for any Supply Chain activities with his very broad commercial base and experience".
"Stevia Afrika is at the forefront of developing the cultivation of stevia in East Africa. We needed help to set up our supply chain for our plantation in Tanzania. Simon came up with a robust strategy and clear recommendations. He has a common touch and slotted in naturally with ease. Showing creativity in finding and coaching a very capable Tanzanian in Dar es Salaam, he also helped us dispatch the first dried stevia ever to be exported from Tanzania. Proving he could turn strategy into delivery, Simon’s prior experience in Africa clearly showed.
Responsive, task focused and determined to drive a task to completion, I have no hesitation in recommending Simon".
Managing Director, Stevia Afrika
"Simon ran our outsourced managed service, focusing on cost reduction, transformation and zero based budgeting. Highly competent, he delivered significant value through programme management, category sourcing strategies and stakeholder engagement.
Simon is conscientious with a strong drive for results and I enjoyed working with him".
Chief Procurement Office, Birdseye
“Simon's extensive experience, his clear passion for procurement and his positive, supportive approach
encourages individuals to seek constant improvement of their own knowledge and procurement techniques.
Concise and informative, his training methods are great for team building and good fun. I came away from sessions feeling extremely positive and excited to apply my new techniques to different situations.
Simon's open approach and the support he offers substantially benefit both personal and team growth.
I’d highly recommend Simon for any coaching and team development as the positive influence he has
had on my career will last a lifetime.”