Simon joined Ground Control in 2004 shortly after Simon and Kim Morrish bought the company, having been attracted by their vision to build a high service technology led FM company, looking after the external needs of customers with sites throughout the UK.
Simon has a 1st class Mathematics degree from London University and a Master’s degree in Statistics from the London School of Economics. Shortly after university he joined the Clarks Shoe Group and worked in a central strategy department assessing such acquisitions as K Shoes and Chaussures Ravel where he later became Supply Chain Director.
After 10 years he moved to the Storehouse Group initially as a Buying Controller for footwear in BHS but later as Divisional Director of womenswear and ultimately as the BHS Supply Chain Director including responsibility for overseas franchised stores. Simon’s core skills are in buying and supply chain and his core belief is that the most efficient supply chains are created by all stakeholders in the supply chain working in partnership even if they are not all working in the same company.
In 1994 Simon became Chief Executive of Mothercare UK and oversaw the purchase of Childrens World from the Boots chain which gave the company a significant out of town presence. After Mothercare, he joined the £6bn turnover retail grocer Somerfield firstly as Group Supply Chain Director and latterly as Managing Director of the Kwik Save chain.
In the later years of his executive career he set up the specialist supply chain recruitment agency BiS with a business partner and grew the business as it merged with the George Henderson agency to now trade as BiS Henderson. During this time he was a Director and Chairman of the local Brentwood Leisure Trust, which was a charity in his hometown, running the local sports centre, international concert hall, and local village community halls. He also chaired the alumni group at Royal Holloway University (part of London University) and chaired a committee which raised over £300,000 to convert an old Victorian Boilerhouse to a theatre space. He is an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway.
Simon’s first sporting love was hockey and he was Chairman of Brentwood Hockey Club for 17 years but this has now given way to golf and the attractions of France, as learning the sport and the language whilst sampling the wine of Provence fill his spare time.
Simon is proud of his contribution in helping Ground Control to grow from an £8m turnover to an £80m turnover over the last 11 years and is adamant that its success is down to its hard working people who are committed to providing a good service and who work throughout the company as one team.
He has been married to Jeanie, who he met at university, for over 40 years and has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren who fill his spare time.