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Simon Smith

Chief People Officer

Simon is the Group’s Chief People Officer, with a remit to take overall responsibility for the strategic people agenda and HR service delivery across the whole of EKC Group.

As a seasoned HR leader, Simon has spent more than two decades working across the whole Human Resources sector. He has held a variety of HR leadership roles. Within this experience Simon has led on the formulation of overall people strategies within a number sectors, including Insurance, Travel, Financial Services and Higher Education. Within all of his former roles Simon has taken a pro-active approach to supporting, coaching and partnering executive business leaders and managers at all levels, in order to develop and implement people solutions that are tailored to the organisational needs.

Simon has also led sizeable change projects in a number of former roles. These have included developing Recruitment and Smart Working Strategies for the Saga Group, as well as the strategic review of the remuneration, reward and commission schemes within sales and service centers throughout the UK.  During his time at the University of Kent he was responsible for the design, development and deployment of a new appraisal scheme (RPD) that was successfully deployed to Academic and Professional Service employees. Within that role Simon also led numerous organisational design projects to create more cost effective and efficient business structures. As the pandemic began he also supported a number of cost saving initiatives across the University.

Simon has been resident in east Kent throughout his life, living in both the Thanet and Deal areas. As a boy he attended school in Ramsgate, and also attended Broadstairs College for one day per week to undertake his GCSE in IT. Simon has been happily married for 21 years and lives in Deal with his wife Jenny, and grown up children Emily and Harry. He is a keen sportsman and still plays veterans football alongside enjoying the great outdoors whether on a run, cycle or a long walk.