Simon Wakeman

I’m Chief of Staff at TPXimpact - a design and technology business focused on digital transformation that matters.

 

I’ve always enjoyed working with people, teams and technology to deliver rapid and lasting change. That means tackling things like business start-up, rapid growth, transformation, organisational change, optimisation, restructuring and market positioning.

 

My career experience includes agency and client-side roles in the private and public sectors. I’ve led change programmes in areas including marketing, PR, e-commerce, business systems, publishing, customer service and internal communications.

Background

I am an entrepreneurial business leader with more than 23 years private and public sector career experience.

Most recently I’ve been focussing on senior leadership in a rapid growth professional services business alongside a small portfolio of non-executive roles. 

I am also a board member at a major charity and advisory board member at a Kent university.

I’ve been lucky during my career to have had the chance to work in lots of different teams, cultures and organisations.

That experience has taught me a lot about what I can achieve, my strengths and weaknesses as well as how I can be most effective as a leader.

Leadership

I’ve realised that the real buzz I get from work is about enabling the achievements of people, usually in teams. I’m fascinated by the challenges this can present and the role of neuroscience, psychology and coaching in helping people be better at work than they realise they can be.

Digital

From the first email I sent in 1994, I’ve developed a passion for using technology as part of making change happen – from working on the the first interactive TV and online banks, through to delivering transformational organisational change through technology.

Communication

The commmunication skills I gained through professional learning in PR and frontline experience help me to be a better leader. Being able to listen, understand and communicate effectively is at the heart of what I do and is often a skillset that’s overlooked by many leaders.

Market focussed

I began my career as a marketer but I’ve also learnt that the marketing discipline in isolation is limited in impact, so I’ve deliberately sought experience in other areas such as communications, sales, management and customer service to build on my marketing background.