Simeon is an established broadcaster, writer and event host who has spent his life ruled by fear… because when something scares him, he is unstoppably drawn towards it.
This has resulted in a daring career from the day he left his engineering job to work for free at a radio station, to presenting daily live television to millions of BBC1 viewers. He’s devised TV quiz shows, managed a boy band, won The London Book Festival, writes jokes for ‘Have I Got News For You’ and in 2019 wrote his first horror novel.
Perhaps the craziest thing he did ‘because it was scary’ was persuading his wife to give up their home and their jobs and take their 3 daughters out of school for a year to drive around the world in a camper van busking Beatles songs in the street for UNICEF. Bribing their way past armed Syrian border guards was only slightly less frightening than being cast in a Bollywood film.
These days he runs a successful communication training company serving global clients, coaches keynote speakers and is a sought after speaker in his own right. His TEDx talk ‘Aristotle, the Ultimate Stand Up Comedian’ has developed into a funny and insightful conference speech on how everyone can engage and persuade an audience using Aristotle’s tools of rhetoric – and it’s as easy as remembering how a joke works.
His new talk, ‘Be Afraid’, is a witty and inspiring speech exploring why we fear the unknown and why embracing those fears leads to positive things. Realising his love of horror as an adolescent led to him becoming a horror writer via a lifetime of enjoying the allure of fear, from extreme sports to nerve-wracking career choices, he started to ask why. He consulted philosophers, psychologists, spiritual leaders and scientists to satisfy a simple curious question: why is fear of the unknown paralysing yet simultaneously liberating?
Simeon is also an accomplished event host and facilitator, MCing corporate events, conferences and music festivals. One of his most memorable MC roles was entertaining 15,000 UB40 fans when the band played at Bowood House in Wiltshire, introducing support acts and running games and events throughout the day. As a facilitator he works with the Princes’ charity Sentebale and hosted a seminar at the 2018 International AIDS Conference.
Simeon is a regular writer on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You, and still occasionally broadcasts on BBC radio. He was a regular host on the BBC Local Radio All England evening show between 2015 and 2018. He won a New York Festival Award as Best Radio Personality in 2013 for his work on the forces station BFBS.
His horror thriller ‘All Hollow’ was published in October 2019. His comedy travel memoir ‘The Long and Whining Road’ won the London Book Festival in 2012 along with 5 other international book awards and achieved ‘Top 5 Bestseller’ in Amazon’s Travel section.
“The session by Simeon was the best part of the event. An excellent, engaging presenter!” Sarah Gordon, Senior Manager, DELL
“Well done, Sim. Great job!” Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex after running an event for his charity Sentebale at the International AIDS Conference
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