Between January 2019 and June 2020, Simon was nominee director on the Board for BGF Nominees Ltd, a major investor shareholder in DOC. Notwithstanding Simon’s resignation from BGF (and therefore cessation of his position as BGF’s nominee), he has been retained as a Non-Executive Director of the Board owing to his significant experience leading fast-growing technology businesses.
Simon is an experienced non-executive board director, investor in technology, chief executive and entrepreneur. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (UK). Simon has won recognition for his work at LOVEFiLM and with Entrepreneurs through the UK. As well as E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year, he won the Sunday Times Buyout Track for PE backed businesses and the Confederation British Industries (CBI) Growth Company of the Year.
Previous roles include being Chair of technology start-up companies Moo Print Ltd and Chemist Direct Limited, recipe box subscription company Gousto Ltd, Firefly Learning Ltd and UK Business Angels Association, Non-Executive Director of Global App Testing and Datalex PLC and CEO of Mothercare PLC and LOVEFILM International until its sale to Amazon in 2011. In 2015, Simon set up BGF Ventures, a £200 million venture fund and substantial shareholder of DOC.
Prior to this, Simon worked for large blue-chip companies such as Unilever, Pepsi and Dell.
Simon speaks regularly on corporate change, leadership and disruptive business models.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Science Computational Science from the University of Hull.