(Post Graduate Diploma, BSc)
SMinty Ltd - Director
Simon is a Director of Sminty Ltd, a disability training and consultancy company. Based in the UK, he is an Associate to the Business Disability Forum. He also helped establish the Disability Media Alliance Project in California. His ‘evening job’ is a producer of the comedy troupe, Abnormally Funny People which he co-founded.
He’s a consultant and trainer to many large organisations such as the BBC, Barclays, British Council, Buckingham Palace, Ernst & Young, Lloyds Banking Group, Motability Operations and Nationwide.
Simon frequently works internationally in Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia Pacific. Projects have included chairing conferences or being a key note speaker, helping corporatIons and NGO’s build links and promoIng disability as a rights issue.
The international work has helped him develop an understanding of different cultural approaches to disability. Simon’s passion for equality, his innate and learned knowledge of disability, the ability to listen and address the issue in hand combined with an infectious sense of humour has enabled him to successfully work with client from a small NGO or a multi-national investment bank.
He has a creative side, helping improve the portrayal of disabled people on screen and has worked with BBC, Channel 4, Five and Sky Television as well as ‘indies’ like Wall to Wall, Zodiak and Endemol. He’s produced numerous videos and co-produced and performed in the sell out Edinburgh Fringe comedy show “Abnormally Funny People” in 2005, returning again in 2015. He co-hosts the Abnormally Funny People podcast and guest hosts BBC Ouch.
Simon has a Post Graduate diploma in Disability Management at Work and a BSc (Joint Hons) in Philosophy and Sociology. He has personal experience of disability, being of short stature and of limited mobility. A keen traveller, he won the Travel X Travel Writer of the Year 1999 – Best Television Feature for his Channel 4 Travelog programme in China.