Sector activity: Industrial – Media & Entertainment – Technology – Real Estate & Construction – Financial Services – Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare – Business & Professional Services – Board Services
Simon Hill, Hill Coates’ Managing Consultant, is fascinated by learning about different businesses though our assignment briefing process and the associated research. He is passionate not just about placing the right leader into the right business but also about finding the right business for the right investor and the right management team to lead it. The same skills of brief-taking, focused research, applied networking, strategic thinking and negotiation are essential for both activities. It is Simon’s realisation of this and his drive that has made Hill Coates such a rare combination of a deal origination and executive search boutique.
Simon recognises executive search’s evolution from management consultancy and sees deal origination, with its emphasis on strategy, as a logical extension of this. Simon leads searches for investee companies and the management teams to run them for both for private equity and private investors. Simon has principal care of the relationship with IMD International Search Group though which Hill Coates operates globally.
Leadership and the vital contribution it makes is another passion which Simon was able to see at work in his time with the British Army, principally as a Reservist officer. Simon has continued to support the Services community though, until recently, twenty years as Chairman of The Rifles Officers’ Club (London) and as an active supporter of Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity. Simon is also a director and trustee of the Rosie Kay Dance Company and the Emmaus Leadership Programme.
Simon is married to Sally and they have a number of interests spanning country sports, the outdoors, food and wine, the arts and their local church. They live with their two dogs in a Georgian farmhouse in Oxfordshire.