Below are a few generous words from people I've had the pleasure of working with throughout my career. They didn't need to write these words, but I'm forever grateful to them for sharing their thoughts.

Tenacious and passionate

Simon is an incredibly tenacious and passionate User Experience designer. He has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that he brings through an empathetic and considered approach. His ability to take user-centred problems and translate them into business value is second to none, and he always approaches every challenge with a smile.

Simon was a real pleasure to work with at Yoti. He’s someone I could trust and rely on both to get the job done, and as a leader and mentor to other members of the design and UX team. His approach always put the customer and their problem first. Through research, discovery, and collaboration, he’s able to build strong relationships with both cross-functional teams and business stakeholders to produce valuable, measurable products and features.

James Harvey

Respectful and pragmatic

I worked with Simon on several product initiatives at Yoti. Simon brings with him a wealth of product design experience. He has a diverse skill set and applies a versatile set of tools appropriate to the opportunity at hand. He is respectful and pragmatic about business and technological constraints but champions consumer value. Simon works very well with multidisciplinary product development teams, as well as externally resourced venture initiatives.

He is a leader and mentor to his direct reports and fellow designers. He is very articulate and methodical in his approach and wise to the wider market forces at hand. I recommend Simon on his all-around ability and positive approach in taking on tough experience and design challenges.

Alex Learmonth

Challenges assumptions

Simon is a pleasure to work with - while he is capable of turning round designs rapidly when required, the depth of his experience and user empathy really shines when he is running the process.

I was fortunate enough to participate in one of Simon’s Design Sprints and I know all those involved would recommend both the process and facilitator. Simon is always prepared to challenge assumptions and the status quo, but does so while maintaining a sense of humour and friendly attitude.

Paul Mayze

Cares about solving problems

I have worked with Simon at a number of places and he has really shaped my understanding of what a good UX professional is. Simon truly cares about the customer and solving their problems. To him UX is not just about creating nice interfaces, he really strives to understand users, their needs and interactions. Simon places value in undertaking user research and works in a ‘lean’ or iterative fashion, constantly learning and validating assumptions. Simon is an absolute pleasure to work with and any employer would be lucky to have him on board!

Marc Abraham

Thinks holistically

I have worked with Simon closely on two key mobile projects in blinkbox music and I have to say that his knowledge and understanding of UX best practices, user centric approach to finding solutions and the overall knowledge in the UX field has made him a valued member of the team. What I like about Simon is that he grasps ideas holistically whilst still paying attention to detail. I found this to be incredibly valuable both during inception and product delivery cycle as it helped me and those part of the team to explore and understand a variety of possible solutions to few key problems as well as new product features. Simon’s understanding of analytics and analytical tools enables him to propose and validate data driven solutions that are beneficial to both users and business.

Izabel Raffy

Talks the same language

I worked with Simon at Foolproof, where he split his time between practising UX as a Principal Consultant and developing the new role of Creative Technologist within the business. Simon brought a unique technology perspective to the table, which complemented our team and helped us to expand our knowledge and build our capabilities into new areas (responsive design, front end development and emerging technologies). He built up an impressive device lab, which was used as a resource to the UX research and design teams as well as our clients.

Simon’s (still) my go-to for any geeky questions and has his finger on the pulse with what’s happening in the technology and design worlds. He’d be a great addition to any UX team looking for a well-seasoned UXer with a broad skillset who can talk the same language as your technical team.

Polly Shelton

Enthusiastic and hard-working

I worked with Simon on a number of projects and initiatives while at Foolproof. Simon is an experienced professional with a broad skillset ranging from user experience research and design, to multi-channel digital strategy, and front-end development. Simon is enthusiastic and hard-working, and I always enjoyed collaborating with him.

Jan Srutek

Cuts through complexity

I had a great time working with Simon at Canonical. He fit our team immediately and was soon a key part of it, so it was sad to see him go. His insight and experience were most valuable and he very quickly had a thorough understanding of the business, which at a company like Canonical is vital to do good work and is, in my opinion, an essential part of being a great user experience designer.

Inayaili de León

Accomplished and passionate

Simon is an accomplished User Experience Architect. He has a keen mind, an inherent understanding of human interaction, and a real passion for user-centred design. In addition to his user experience skills, Simon’s also a very capable developer.

Very quickly after joining Canonical, Simon became an important and popular member of the team, and we were all sorry to see him move on. I enjoyed working with Simon a great deal, and wouldn't hesitate to work with him again, or recommend him to others.

Steve Edwards

Highly likeable, talented and driven

Simon is an all round talent. He has quality communication skills which he blends well with his considerable technical abilities. Highly likeable, talented, passionate and driven individual.

Craig McCulloch

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