As Managing Director, Simon is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction and management of Spark New Zealand, through its various business divisions and the brands that provide digital services to millions of New Zealanders and thousands of New Zealand businesses.
Simon has led the reinvention of Telecom to Spark, to better reflect the fast-changing new world of digital services in which the business now operates. As a passionate and committed Kiwi, he sees Spark’s purpose as to help all of New Zealand win big in a digital world.
Simon has a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor's degree in Science from Massey University. He lives with his wife Sophie and two of his children, Ben and Jack, in Auckland. Together they are into school activities, sports, fishing and travel, and sometimes the family indulges Simon’s interest in race horses.
Spark is proud to be one of the founding partners of Global Women. This partnership aligns strongly with Spark’s commitment to advancing its own high-potential women through its talent management processes and framework.
As an employer who supports diversity and gender balance, Spark recognises the value women bring to senior leadership positions and is active in developing its female talent. By investing in the future of its women leaders, providing high-level mentoring and targeted professional and personal learning opportunities for women, Spark has created a pipeline of future women leaders across its business.
Global Women provides Spark with a great opportunity to work with other leading New Zealand organisations to collectively drive the cause of women leaders from a New Zealand perspective, and Spark looks forward to being a part of this exciting initiative.