Simon is responsible for the private equity and venture capital practice which helps PE and VC clients to achieve great investment returns. He combines his understanding of the PE and VC worlds with the considerable scale and resources of Odgers Berndtson, working with specialist colleagues to secure the best talent for PE and VC firms and their portfolio companies across all sectors. Simon's early career was varied, ranging from manufacturing production management through strategy consulting to the planning and rollout of the BBC World television channel.
In 1994 he went into private equity and worked his way up through the industry, eventually leading private equity firm Baird Capital for seven years and becoming Chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA). He has been a non-executive director of companies in the manufacturing, business services, healthcare, technology and media sectors including Cerillion and ArmorGroup International plc, which he floated on the London stock exchange main market. Simon holds an MBA, is a Chartered Management Accountant, and has a first class honours degree in engineering and management from Cambridge University. He lives in Bishops Stortford with his wife and their three children.