Simon Ricketts is an experienced management consultant 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 co-create real insight by combining thought leadership with the experience of the group or 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 issues of people and leadership that concern directors and leaders today.

Supplementing this is his role as an executive coach to directors and leaders within some of the UK’s most prestigious companies (Channel 4, The Walt Disney Company and BAE Systems amongst others), helping to lift their performance through advanced coaching and motivational techniques. He is an affiliate of the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter and a visiting lecturer on their Executive Education programme, is a programme leader on the IoD’s Chartered Director Development Programme, and is a regular public speaker.

What 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 needs rather than what they think they want
  • Leading edge thinking based on intellectual rigour and staying up to date – but with a creative twist
  • Solutions that work, not fads or just the latest idea

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 and interventions
  • 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 and 360 degree instruments and culture analysis tools
  • 10 years of project and general management experience in blue-chip companies
  • 10+ years experience of consulting, facilitation and coaching with clients including The Walt Disney Company, Channel 4, Discovery Networks, The Department of Health, Leadership South West, BAE Systems, Flybe and many others


  • Masters Degree in Engineering and Management from Birmingham University
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Cambridge University
  • Chartered Engineer – Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • Balanced Business Scorecard practitioner and forum member
  • Full Member of the Institute of Business Consulting
  • Trained and licensed for various psychometrics including ECI, ILS, Assess, DISC, Trimetrix

Personal Highlights…

  • Married to Gill with children Daniel, Tim, Naomi and Sam
  • Seeing my children have fun, grow up and learn
  • Balancing work, family life and mountain biking
  • The joy of building a company that is client-centred, creative, ethical and reflects our core beliefs