Simon Watkins BA (Hons), CMCIPD

Originally from a Human Resources background, Simon’s consulting career has ranged widely over 15 years.  Immersed in the human capital and talent implications of significant organisational change programmes, he has led projects on performance management, executive assessment and development, leadership development and succession planning. He works widely with individual leaders, leadership teams, and as an executive coach. 

His recent track record has focused on the design and implementation of assessment and development centres, both in the UK and internationally, for a broad range of clients across varying sectors.  His experience encompasses programme design and management, centre implementation and supervision, training and coaching of client staff in objective assessment skills and programme evaluation and validation.  He works as an Associate with a number of leading business psychology and talent management consulting firms as well as for a top rated UK business school.

Before becoming self-employed in 2001, Simon was a Managing Consultant with SHL, where he delivered a wide range of HR consultancy and training interventions. In his early career, he was a HR Manager with a financial services company, a Personnel manager for a College of Nursing, and at the start of his career, a Personnel Officer with a Swiss owned manufacturing company.  

Organisations for whom he has consulted in recent years include: Aegon, BT Group, e2v technologies, The Department for Constitutional Affairs, E.ON, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS Group, Siemens, South West Trains, Stagecoach Group, Sony Corporation, The United Nations World Food Programme and Food & Agriculture Organisation and Wesleyan Financial Services. 

Simon holds a degree in English and American Literature.  He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management. He is a member of the Associate Faculty at Cranfield Business School. He is BPS Level A and Level B trained and is registered to use a wide range of psychometric assessment and development instruments.


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