Simon is a writer and broadcaster, and a long-time campaigner and adviser on equal rights and social welfare issues. In addition to presenting his own TV documentaries, he has been a regular reviewer of newspapers on BBC 1 Breakfast and has had his own articles published in wide range of British publications, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Time Out and Punch. On radio, he has been a regular guest on the arts programme Front Row (BBC Radio 4).
Simon is a highly experienced Speaker and Chairman at Conferences, addressing a broad spectrum of social issues, including leadership and planning in local government, housing and equality. He is, in addition, an eloquent and thought-provoking After-dinner Speaker, possessed of a keen sense of humour and a fund of anecdotal tales. He has also presented Awards at a number of prestigious ceremonies.
Simon is a founder, co-founder and/or chairman of several worthy organisations:
Co-founder of the Astar-Fanshawe consultancy, which works with organisations in the private and public sector on equality and diversity issues; Co-founder of the lesbian and gay equality lobby group Stonewall; Co-founder of The Kaleidoscope Trust, a British-based charity working exclusively on gay rights worldwide; Chair of the University of Sussex; Chairman of the Board of the Brighton Festival; Member of the Board of the Edinburgh Fringe; Founder and Chairman the Economic Strategy body of The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership; and Chairman of Brighton & Hove Local Radio Ltd from 1996 to 2000, when the company was acquired by Forever Broadcasting.
In 2005, Simon published The Done Thing, a study of modern manners and behaviour. He was appointed OBE in the 2013 New Years Honours List.
With his humour and professional presentation skills, Simon is an ideal choice as an Awards Host, Conference Facilitator and After-dinner Speaker. Please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call us on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
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Lord Digby Jones
- Former Home Secretary who continues to inform government policy on the voluntary sector, social mobility and affordable credit.
Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
- Star of Strictly Come Dancing and Hole in the Wall a gentleman to the last and wonderful presenter and host.
Anton Du Beke