Simon joined the McColl’s Retail Group (FTSE convenience retailer & newsagents) as the Deputy Chief Finance Officer in October 2015, becoming a permanent member of the Operational Board. His responsibilities include day-to-day management of the finance function, supporting the development & delivery of group strategy and liaising with external stakeholders (including suppliers, investors and banks).
Prior to McColl’s, Simon worked for 7 years at Tesco in a range of senior
Business Partnering Finance roles. He started as Finance Manager for Stores Distribution, progressing to Finance Director for Distribution & Supply Chain, helping to drive cost efficiency whilst building strong financial controls. From March 2012 Simon was Finance Director for UK Operations, financially responsible for all UK stores, depots and dot.com centres and heavily involved in the store and supply chain elements of the plans to ‘Build a Better Tesco’. In March 2014 he completed a bridging programme, with time in different parts of the UK Tesco business and at the IMD and Cambridge Judge business schools. Simon concluded his time at Tesco as the Commercial Finance Director for Food, then combined Food, General Merchandise and Clothing (November 2014-October 2015), supporting the delivery of both a significantly improved control environment and enhanced financial performance.
Prior to Tesco, Simon spent 5 years in senior Business Partnering and Financial Planning & Analysis roles in the Telecoms industry (split across BT and COLT Telecom). He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was from 1998–2004.
Outside of work, Simon is a devoted father of 3 young children, an active member of a local Christian group and enjoys past-times such as Digital photography, travelling and reading.