Simon Ricketts 

Simon is an experienced facilitator and executive coach with extensive experience across a diverse range of sectors and organisational types and sizes. Stimulating, challenging and thought-provoking, Simon’s style is to create real insight by combining thought leadership with the experience of the client to create new yet practical ways forward. With wide experience of many different boards and leadership groups, he brings an integrative and contemporary approach to the challenges of organisations and leadership that concern executives and directors today. 

Some of the UK’s most prestigious companies have engaged Simon’s services (Channel 4, BAE Systems, Disney, McLaren, Mercedes, Honda, RNLI, South West Water, the Environment Agency and many others), helping to lift their performance through developing their senior management capability. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter, is a programme leader on the IoD’s Chartered Director Development Programme, and a regular public speaker. 

Clients experience from Simon…

  • Incisive perspective into their particular organisational and leadership issues with creative solutions based on strong analysis, sharp insight and a participative and inclusive consulting style
  • A willingness to challenge and stretch thinking in constructive ways that open up new options
  • An ability to identify what the client really needs to move their situation forward
  • Leading edge thinking informed by the latest research – with a creative edge
  • A passionate belief in the potential of people

What drives Simon…

  • A desire to see potential fulfilled in both organisations and individuals
  • A competitive instinct to find the right solution that delivers the clients’ objectives
  • Underlying belief in the power of leadership and strategic alignment of a whole organisation
  • A belief that most people are capable of most things and of achieving more than they do

Background and Skills…

  • Design and delivery of tailored strategy and leadership programmes
  • Strategy development and implementation for a diverse range of organisations
  • Design and implementation of bespoke organisational performance solutions
  • Particular skills at supporting and coaching executives and managers through the challenges of strategic change
  • Strong organisational diagnostic and assessment analytical skills
  • Licensed to use a range of psychometric instruments and culture analysis tools
  • 10 years of project and general management experience in Toshiba, Thomson and Rover
  • 20+ years experience of consulting, facilitation and coaching with a wide range of clients, sectors and organisational types
  • As a Chartered Engineer with an MBA Simon brings a rigour to his work that underpins delivering results consistently for his clients


  • Masters Degree in Engineering and Management from Birmingham University
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Manufacturing Management from Cambridge University
  • Member of the NeuroLeadership Institute
  • Full Member of the Institute of Business Consulting and the Institute of Directors
  • Trained and licensed for various psychometrics including ECI, ILS, MBTI, Assess, DISC, Trimetrix


“…ultimately, it was your cheeky irreverence for the whole process and your encouragement to be utterly independent in adopting and adapting what worked for each of us individually that lent a broader perspective and added enormous value.” Coaching Mastermind participant