I am an entrepreneurial communications, marketing and digital leader with experience in the public and private sectors. I have worked in the private and public sectors, with client and agency-side experience. I have also established and managed a communications consultancy business alongside my primary employment.

My strategic experience includes national and regional campaigns using a wide range of communications and marketing techniques. I have also led extensive organisational change to improve performance and generate substantial financial savings.

I hold professional qualifications in PR, marketing and change management. I am a CIM Chartered Marketer and a former CIPR Accredited Practitioner.

As an experienced public speaker I have spoken at conferences for organisations including CIPR, CIM, PR Week, LGC, the Guardian, SOCITM and Public Sector Forums. I have trained communication and marketing teams in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand and have written for LGC magazine, Marketing, the MJ, Marketing Week, PR Week and Revolution.

My career to date has been shaped by a passion for all things digital – the development of digital and social has changed communications and marketing significantly during my career and this pace of change is something I have thrived on and continue to enjoy.

In 2013 my work was recognised in the Digital Leaders 50 (DL50) Awards, where I reached 25th place nationally among digital leaders across all industry sectors.

Career experience

Deeson Group Ltd – Director, responsibility for strategy, marketing, user experience, creative and content – April 2014 onwards
East Sussex County Council – Head of Communications – February 2013 to April 2014
Oystertown Ltd – Founder, director and principal consultant – December 2002 to February 2013
Medway Council – various roles including Head of Communications & Marketing and Head of Transformation Programme – August 2004 to April 2014
Enterprise IG – Account Director – January 2004 to August 2004
Egg – customer experience and marketing roles – December 2002 to January 2004
Open Interactive digital television/BSkyB – Content Partner Marketing Manager – March 2000 to May 2001
The Boots Company PLC – Graduate Marketing Trainee – September 1998 to March 2000


You can find out more about my career experience in this section of my website or download a PDF copy of my CV using the link below:

Simon Wakeman – CV – PDF version.

I also have a full public profile available on LinkedIn.