Simon Wickes

Simon is a highly experienced consultant with senior-level experience across sectors such as healthcare, medtech, life sciences and defence. He has worked with clients in the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East. He advises, develops and implements corporate, business development and marketing strategies and innovation and commercialisation. Simon has worked with clients such as the Universities of Southampton and Bournemouth, 3M plc, Cohort plc, MicroGEM International plc and the Economic and Social Research Council. He currently advises the National Institute for Health Research’s Collaboration for Leadership and Applied Health Research and Care on research commercialisation and business sustainability.

Simon began his career in defence research and development. He managed Europe’s largest human sciences centre conducing R&D for commercial and government customers. Simon was recruited by Roke Manor, an engineering company specialising in sensors, electronics and communications and Siemen’s former European R&D division, to build their embryonic healthcare business and subsequently to run their commercial businesses including healthcare, mobile communications, unmanned air systems and monitoring and tracking solutions. Simon has since been successful securing investment in a blockchain medtech startup in parallel with is consulting activities.

Simon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham, a Master’s from the University of Surrey and an Executive MBA from Henley Business School. He is a mentor on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur scheme and an invited speaker on the forming and preparing teams for extreme environments and STEM outreach. As a result of the work he has done on high-performing teams, Simon was invited by HRH Duke of Wessex to give a keynote address and present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at St James’ Palace.