Simon has been a corporate communications and public affairs adviser for over 25 years, and has held leadership roles in a number of the world’s largest and best known PR firms. He set up Acuitas Communications, with his business partner Samantha, because he believes there is a better way to counsel clients on their communications issues and needs, and one that is cost-effective and accountable.
Simon has led award-winning campaigns and multi-territorial corporate communications assignments in the UK, EU and elsewhere. He has provided high-level strategic counsel and support to clients in the US, Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa, to help them achieve their business objectives. He has a particular specialism in government relations and public affairs. His sectoral experience spans aviation; energy; financial services; infrastructure; property; retail; security; and support services.
Simon stood for Parliament at the 2010 and 2015 UK general elections. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of a City of London livery company.
Mauritius and Brussels
Samantha’s experience includes directing integrated public affairs and media campaigns and offering high-level strategic advice and counsel at government level, and to private sector corporations, trade associations and not-for-profit institutions, leveraging insights from her past work in the European Parliament, UK House of Commons and US Congress. Samantha founded Acuitas Communications to provide advice and support to clients of exceptional clarity and quality, in order to make a real and lasting difference to a company or organisation’s performance.
Her sectoral expertise encompasses financial services and taxation; housing, construction and infrastructure; investor protection and promotion in emerging markets; justice; security and data protection; and transport.
Samantha is a Member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors, and a Member of the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce. She is also a regular guest contributor to AfricaMoney magazine, based in Mauritius.