Simon Whitehead

A specialist in corporate communications, public affairs, financial PR and litigation communications, Simon has 20 years’ experience advising clients on growth, reputation and risk. He runs H+K’s largest stand-alone office, with 300+ consultants working across eight industry sectors, a wide portfolio of specialist services and a creative studio.

Simon is also the lead of H+K’s Global Energy sector, overseeing clients operating across traditional and new energy, mining, transport, chemicals, infrastructure and logistics.

Before becoming UK CEO, Simon led H+K London’s Energy + Industrials team, growing it into London’s largest industry sector and being awarded Petroleum Economist Awards’ 2018 Energy Consultancy of the Year.

Previously, Simon was a partner at College Hill where he led the Energy and Natural Resources team and co-led the Emerging Markets business across Russia/CIS, Africa and India. Before that, he was European Director of Emerging Markets for APCO Worldwide.

In his early career, Simon worked for 8 years in international banking at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and for 2 years in political campaigning around the 1997 General Election.

Simon has an MA (Hons) in Classics from Cambridge University, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has lived and worked in the UK, US, Japan, Germany and Russia.