Simon, has worked with me to establish my start-up manufacturing business, in the areas of Strategy, Sales and Marketing, HR and others. He is a lateral thinker with a successful track record in international business development and, more recently, mentoring and business coaching. I would recommend him to others attempting similar enterprises requiring guidance.
July 2, 2009 Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
I have had the pleasure of Simon mentoring me on various business and personal challenges. I have found Simon to be a very good listener, patient, and disciplined & structured in his approach to seeking solutions. I would consider his greatest trait as a mentor his surprisingly astitute ability to pick up nuggets of information, which the average listerner would most likely consider throw away comments. I happily recommend Simon as a mentor.
January 27, 2010 Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative
Victor Jamieson, Baycorp
Simon is a person with very strong people skills and he has the ability to quickly build meaningful relationships. He is excellent at mentoring and assisting one with setting achievable stretch goals. His work with a diverse client base in combination with his own extensive entrepreneurial background and business experience ensures you receive mentoring/advice that is personal and relevant.
January 20, 2010
Anne Simpson, Head of Schools Publishing, Pearson
Its not very often you meet someone who has the ability to truely listen to, and understand people in the way that Simon can. Inspiring and influential Simon is a fabulous mentor and genuine friend.
October 29, 2009
Ian Turley, National Sales Manager, Les Mills New Zealand
Simon is a man of great integrity. He is honest, trustworthy and above all has immense knowledge of the corporate world and a huge ability to share his experience to help others grow and develop. It is both a pleasure and a learning oppoortunity to work alongside him and I would recommend his skills to any individual or company wishing to gain advantages in the market place…
A truly inspirational man.
October 20, 2009
John Shackleton, Owner, John Shack Ltd
I first met Simon while we were both on an advisory team for a musician making a comeback. Since then I’ve seen Simon in action as a TEC mentor, and have come to appreciate his many talents – or rather, a great set of core talents, skills and attitudes that he brings to any business. I also really appreciate and resonate with Simon’s values of authentic, human communication.
October 10, 2009
Simon Young, Cofounder and Creative Catalyst, iJump
There’s not a category under which to describe Simon: business partner is the best fit, but a long way short of what he has given me. It’s funny (odd, not ha ha) when you participate in a global online network environment, only to find one of the most valuable people on your doorstep. I can’t quite recall how we realised that we lived no more than 15 mins apart, but it didn’t take long. We also found hirsute extremes as a way of identifying each other when we met over coffee (check our respective pics to see what I mean). From there, Simon has been a vital support for me on a number of fronts. He has this knack of engaging in conversation that gets you really thinking about what you are saying. It’s not the hackneyed coaching style of ‘well, what do you think about that….’ Simon engages with you, the cogs click into place, and you then have a discussion. The owners of the cafe must wonder what we’re up to!!! A ‘slap-head’ and a ‘pony-tailed gent’ so engrossed in conversation. So, if you haven’t yet met Simon, I suggest you do. He is one of the very few people that understand me, and has been an immeasurable help in keeping me focused and vitalised.
October 8, 2009
Alan Casey, Managing Director – Australasia, Perigee+
Simon has been kind enough to assist me as a guest speaker/ lecturer at AUT University in the subject of Spa design and implimentation. His international reputation and expertise is evident in his presentations where he engages students through the use of current international case studies and his passion for the Spa industry. He builds an immediate rapport with people and is reliable and thorough. AUT students and staff feel privileged to have such a great guest speaker and I hope we have the pleasure of his company again soon.
January 25, 2010 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
Maria Hyde-Smith. Senior lecturer AUT
I love working with Simon. He has an understanding of the creative process in business that makes working with him such a pleasure.
November 3, 2009 Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
Having worked with Simon for many years (since 1995) in many different forms, I can say with 100% certainty that this is a man of total integrity, insight and passion. More recently Simon has been involved in helping develop both my company and my personal life as a consultant with an insight and creativity that is fresh but has also generated results for both. There are few people on this planet that I could recommend to you as highly as I do Simon.
July 10, 2009 Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative
I took Simon on for life coach sessions as a trial and found them incredibly worthwhile. Following that I employed Simon to provide coaching services for my staff who were going through an external re-structure and facing redundancies. They were very stressed, and Simon provided a service which re-focussed them, helped with their job applications, and highlighted new potential for them. I was amazed at the extent to which the entire staff deeply appreciated his approach, as they had been initially suspect of management imposing this coach upon them, but following the process were very thankful for the quality input.
October 8, 2008 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
Simon mentored me in many different ways. He is someone I would always recommend for his wisdom and sensitivity. He is a success in business and much of that success comes from his holistic approach to every area of life…
I learned so much from him in his attitudes and approach to his marriage, his parenting skills, and his spirituality. Highly recommended.
Mark Jaffrey, Worship Director, Maadi Community Church