Who Am I

I’m an accomplished domestic and international contract and interim market developer who specialises in the creation and delivery of technical & innovative products and services. I have operated internationally for over thirty years within corporate, SME and micro-businesses across sectors that include; manufacturing (printing and imaging systems, consumables and substrates), software (imaging/web services/security/app development), electronics and telecoms (equipment/teledata/automation), professional services (systems design/legal/technology consulting) and education/third sector (web filtering & security/systems digitisation).

My character could be described as highly independent, commercially savvy, intuitive, creative, competitive, adaptable, trusted, insightful, pragmatic, open, inventive, challenging, customer-centric, literate and numerate. And, I’m capable of rapid assimilation and assessment of organisational, cultural, technical & functional trends and requirements.  In short – I’m good at turning complex ideas into tangible things.

Some of my key skills and experience include:

  • Specialist knowledge of consumer personalisation, customisation and on-demand market trends, dynamics and associated production technologies
  • Wide digital production and manufacturing experience
  • Development, communication, negotiation and execution of complex multi-stakeholder concepts
  • Technology product and service innovation
  • Partner and stakeholder relationship development

And, I also have the supporting technical capabilities that are needed to deliver on the projects I’m engaged on:

  • Production and graphics technology operational skills
  • Agile software and process development management
  • Marketing operations systems design and execution – CRM, ecommerce, marketing automation, process analysis and digitisation
  • Marketing communications management and execution – brand and proposition development, messaging, events, copywriting, digital marketing management, graphic design/photography/video production, print, PR, sales/channel tools, budget control and marketing ROI management

What I Do

In a nutshell – I connect ideas, people and technologies.  And, I have a deep interest in helping organisations to design and engineer consumer engagement experiences that include personalised, customised and on-demand products …

To enable me to undertake this type of role I have a developed a very particular skill set – which includes;

  • Specialist knowledge of consumer personalisation, customisation and on-demand market trends, dynamics and associated production technologies
  • Wide digital imaging production and manufacturing experience
  • Development, communication, negotiation and execution of complex multi-stakeholder concepts
  • Innovation of technology product and service
  • Partner and stakeholder relationship management

And, I have supporting capabilities and experience that is needed to deliver on the projects I’m engaged on:

  • Agile software and process development management
  • Wide manufacturing and materials process knowledge
  • Marketing operations systems design and execution – CRM, ecommerce, marketing automation, process analysis and digitisation
  • Marketing communications management and execution – brand and proposition development, messaging, events, copywriting, digital marketing management, graphic design/photography/video production, print, PR, sales/channel tools, budget control and marketing ROI management

Who I Do It For

I currently work with a wide range of organisations but have particular expertise in the software, imaging systems manufacturing, consumables and imprintable products industries.  And, I am also engaged by consumer brands and their marketing agencies to help them to plan and execute consumer facing experiential projects.

What They Say About Me

A few words from my colleagues and clients …

What an invaluable, capable and resourceful asset Simon is. I’ve never come across someone who is quite so effective in breaking down an overwhelming workload into actionable plans without being phased. A strategic thinker who sees big picture naturally, he is equally capable “knuckling down” and executing his plans with admiral drive. Simon is great with people, with a particular passion for helping businesses realise their potential (and if he can invent the odd thing along the way he’s ultra happy!).

Helen Parry - Managing Director, Sawgrass Europe

Simon is an astute strategy orientated marketing professional focussing on delivering results. I was always highly impressed with Simon’s vision and importantly his ability to articulate that vision to a wider and eclectic stakeholder audience, not something that is always easy to achieve.

Gary Boon - CEO, Shout

Working with Simon was one of those beneficial experiences of my career.

Beyond being an intelligent, capable and experienced strategist and marketer, he has an uncanny ability to motivate, and an absolute willingness to roll his sleeves up to get the job done when needed. I respect a manager skilled enough to carry out any task that he would expect of his own team, and I have yet to find one that Simon wasn’t more than competent with.

I find Simon to be a man of perspective and empathy, with a great sense of humour, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

Joe Holdsworth - Freelance Copywriter

There are not always skills around you, like those Simon’s brought with him, organized, fast, always correct, friendly and always forward-looking and motivated, it was an absolute pleasure to have Simon around as part of the Team.

Thorsten Jung - Sales Agent

It was a pleasure – and a productive one at that – to work with Simon. We worked together to coordinate our company’s brand presence in the US. This included trade show booth design, design and production of marketing and sales collateral materials and even the design of standard business cards.

Donna Jordan - Finance & Operations Manager, Smoothwall Inc

I have worked closely with Simon for some years now; as he developed various marketing strategies (thought leadership, lead generating collateral, publicity, personal appearances at exhibitions etc.) derived from my technical legal research on e-Safety Law in respect of both Education and Business. The matching of these two areas of endeavour is a challenging one – especially when addressing complex areas of the Law which are still in flux and translating them into the Marketing – Communications environment.

But I am very happy to say that Simon’s abounding drive, energy, enthusiasm and creativity are more than up to the task (much more in fact). He translates his patience, willingness to listen and very strong interpersonal skills through the prism of his considerable experience and expertise to produce results which are not only worthwhile, but work in the real world. Many e-Safety practitioners have commented in glowing terms on the attractiveness, accessibility and downright usefulness of the work product we produced together.

Dr Brian Bandey - Doctor of Law

Simon is very creative and hardworking whilst maintaining an amiable, approachable work persona. Simon will always make time to help you irrespective of the task, he is Mr Extra-Mile.

Alex Sivewright - Solution Delivery Specialist , Smoothwall

Simon is a visionary, a big picture thinker, who has the drive, passion and experience to deliver a product strategy, by bringing researched and fully costed products to market within agreed budgetary and resource constraints.

Simon is also a great communicator, and uses his oral skills to effectively ‘sell’ his vision to those around him – whatever to the board or to the SMEs, who have to deliver the product or solution to market. In the past Simon has also used his skills to great effect by bringing about business process changes, which was done with integrity, a friendly smile and an encouraging word.

Flemming Bermann - Scrum Master & Agile Coach, Smoothwall

Simon is a first-class Marketing Manager: creative, inventive, dedicated and highly knowledgeable. His multitasking abilities are impressive, as are his technical skills and ability to adapt to the professional environment of the moment. On a personal level, he is intelligent, articulate, sharp-witted, funny and a joy to have around – an all-round good egg!

Barbara Borgars - Sales Director, Xennia Technology

Simon is a marketing power-house, full of creativity, knowledge and enthusiasm. I very much enjoyed working as part of a marketing development team with him at 3M where he was instrumental in bringing to market a range of digital imaging hardware, software and material consumables, in such a way to guarantee long term success to the business. If you’re looking for expertise, energy, creativity and good implementation skills, Simon Wilcox could well be your man.

Peter Leonard - Business Development Director, 3M

Simon and I have worked together on a range of challenging communications projects and in each case it was both enjoyable and rewarding.

Simon is such a realist and team player that all obstacles are quickly and easily overcome. Working together, each and every project has met or exceeded planned expectations.

Simon is a genius and I highly recommend him to anyone who needs to solve a difficult problem.

Bob Gate - Managing Director, Horizon Digital Media

Simon is a consummate professional: highly competent, an excellent communicator and always a pleasure to work with. I always knew that if Simon was involved on a project I would feel good about it due to his personal charisma.

Imran Chaudry - Software Engineer, Jobsite

Simon provides discerning analysis of an organization’s product marketing needs.  This empowered one of my clients to challenge their whole approach to marketing their software solutions in the face of significant changes in the digital imaging industry and implement alternative strategies.

Whether briefing/selecting agencies or mentoring internal teams Simon is very “hands-on” ensuring delivery of objectives and strengthening of a company’s confidence in its route to market. He is uniquely competent at managing projects personally, seamlessly complementing an existing team or advising at Board/owner-occupier level. Bringing clarity and commercial acumen to product marketing in the technology sectors is particularly challenging – whether providing Simon as an interim/consultant or permanent resource my recruitment reputation has always been enhanced by his performance.

Marc Zundel - Consultant, MZ Associates

Simon has considerable expertise in all aspects of marketing and isan excellent all rounder. Both creative and logical he is capable ofproducing clearly thought out plans with the ability to successfullyimplement them. A positive asset to any team.

Lloyd Cole - Marketing Director, 3M

Simon worked for me developing the emerging large format print markets. His principal responsibilities were to provide technical product and marketing knowledge to end-users enabling them to profit from their investment in our printing solutions. He proved to be resourceful, adaptable and highly competent in the role and was a highly valued member our senior management team.

Marc Willard - CEO, Trancend Insights