Simon is absolutely brilliant. Strategic thinking as well as doer. Would definitely hire again.
— Strategy Director, Service Design Agency

Head of Design and Product, CAST

April 2016 – Present

Devised the UK's first digital accelerator programme to support non-profits. It helps them identify gaps in their service provision and then in deploying creative uses of technology to fill the need. Oversee product leads deliver this programme – 11 charities have benefitted to date over 16 months.

Design and deliver talks and training programmes to charities in user research, prototyping and service piloting.

Manage approach and delivery of bespoke digital consultancy projects to charities.

Digital Product Designer and Strategist, Freelance

October 2012 – March 2017

Telegraph Media Group
Planned and facilitated a series of idea-generation workshops with employees from across the organisation to gather responses to shifting trends in the media landscape. Identified the most promising ideas and fleshed them out for further development. Wrote the plan to role out the workshops as a regular digital innovation initiative within the organisation.

Barclays Bank
Ran a series of two week innovation sprints to understand how ‘nudges’ could be deployed in the branch environment to encourage adoption of digital channels. Managed a team of designers, developers and motion graphics artists to rapidly prototype approaches and test in the target environment with customers.

Tesco
Using grounded theory, synthesised customer interviews from four countries into a customer experience needs map for Clubcard programme directors. Developed a process to capture and create a 360o service ecology map of Clubcard – the first in its 20 year history. Devised, prototyped and tested with customers new approaches to distributing Clubcard loyalty rewards in store.

Task Squad, vinspired
Designed a platform for the youth volunteering charity to extend their services into paid work placements for their 100,000 young volunteers. Task Squad was shortlisted for the Google Global Impact Challenge Award and awarded £100,000. Grant funded initially, Task Squad reached profitability within three years of launch subsequently becoming a revenue generating arm to the charity.

Co-founder, Head of Product, Kopi

September 2011 – May 2014
Designed all brand materials and managed the digital aspects of the UK’s first solely online coffee subscription business. Oversaw logistics and devised processes to manage 14 suppliers to ensure the coffee was delivered on time every month. Grew the company to multiple-thousands of subscribers and sold the business to Cafédirect in 2014.

Service Designer, Made by Many, London

November 2008 – August 2011
Oversaw a number of digital innovation prototyping, design and build projects for luxury fashion retailer Burberry as well as Skype, Audi and Robinsons.

Creative Director, Pancentric, London

September 2007 – October 2008
Managed the digital agency’s design function and introduced new working practices whilst growing the team to six. Led the business to some of their most significant project wins, including site design and build for Burger King UK and internal comms initiatives for Cadbury’s.

Creative Director, Interesource, London

February 2006 – September 2007

Art Director, View, London

October 2003 – January 2006

Interaction Designer, Freelance

January 2002 – September 2003

Designer, Senior Designer, Quidnunc, London and New York

October 1999 – December 2002


A (very) short list of previous clients

Direct Line
Scottish Power
Novartis
Man investments
Rolls-Royce
Diageo
BlackBerry
Rio Tinto
Dogs Trust
MSD
Burberry
Skype
Barclays
Tesco
Vodafone
Telegraph Media Group
AgeUK
Centrepoint
Breast Cancer Care
Oxfam

… and a bunch of startups over the years who turned out to have ambitions beyond the generosity of their funders.