Member & Trustee
Outside of work
Outside work I am a Liveryman of the Vintners’ Company and a member of the Vintners’ Foundation, their charitable body, where I have helped to enhance the level of giving to the Foundation; developed strong relationships with relevant local charities; improved communication within the Vintners’ and to the wider community of charities. I maintain my connection with the world of wine by being on the teaching panel of the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust’s Business and Commercial Knowledge course.
Simon’s working life has been spent in the worlds of publishing and wine. As Managing Director and Publisher of Mitchell Beazley he combined both, working with the world’s greatest wine writers. Simon has experience of establishing and managing businesses in US, Australia, Europe and Asia and is currently Chairman of Riviera Travel & Oak Furniture Land as well as Chairman of the Family Board of Berry Bros & Rudd. Under the umbrella of his own business, Thames Chairman and Consultancy Services Ltd, Simon provides help and advice to a variety of businesses and organisations. He brings to TWHF a vast and varied amount of commercial expertise.
- Chairman of Riviera Travel, Oak Furniture Land & Berry Bros & Rudd Family Board
- Strategic vision
- Organisational management
- Financial control
- Change management
- Values based culture development