If you want Simon to work with you as a non-exec director…

Simon Fanshawe

Simon is a highly experienced and effective non-exec director in the private, public and third sectors.

University of Sussex

Simon is Chair of the governing Council of Sussex University. Having been a law student there and a political activist in the 1970’s, this is a moment of poacher turned gamekeeper.

Since taking the chair, he lead the appointment of the new VC and the Council’s role in developing a new Strategy for growth (“Making the Future”) and he has driven the reform of the governance of the University and recruited 10 new lay members (of the 15 possible).

He has just been elected for his second 3 year term

In the University League tables (which are a necessary if rather arithmetic sign of our success) Sussex was ranked as follows this Summer:

  • The Times Higher places us 8th in UK, 16th in Europe, 79th in World
  • The Sunday Times guide puts us at 21st place
  • The Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings place us14th in the UK – in the top 150 in the world.
  • We are 15th in The Guardian and 19th in The Independent

These are the best results Sussex has ever had.



Forster is a highly effective communications agency working on campaigns to improve the social and environmental state of the world and improve people’s lives. Run by Jilly Forster – a force of nature – Simon has worked with them to help focus the business in this challenging time.


The Festival Fringe in Edinburgh

This has been an exciting time for the Fringe, because we had to rescue it. After the box office disaster of 2008, Simon led the business planning group which remapped the organisation back onto its core functions, redesigned the staff team and created a senior management team (while keeping the staff numbers to their original size). As a Board member he specializes in governance, business planning and fundraising. This year with a new team the Fringe Society achieved a surplus of £350k against a predicted profit of £52k


Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership

Simon is Chair of this Partnership, which is the economic strategy body for Brighton and Hove. He has been responsible for melding and motivating the skills and contributions of the 34 partners who represent the drivers of the local economy to work together. Jointly they set the overall approach to growth and development in the city in four main areas:

Skills, Space, Enterprise and Innovation and Markets and Inward investment


Other memberships

He is also a Board member of Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd, Midnight Communications and Shoots the garden centre group.

If you’d like to talk to Simon about his non-exec work and whether he can be of help to your company or organisation, please contact him.


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