Simon Ludgate

Simon’s natural interests span human interaction, nature, science, technology like social media and anything automotive. He has filmed aspects of these subjects around the world and developed a useful database of experience on a wide variety of regions. This includes studying whales in Alaska , making films on ground-breaking technology and complex science stories and a wide diversity of subjects like the causes of the Asian tsunami in 2004. He has  filmed in disaster zones often barely more than 24 hours post-earthquake in Haiti, Chile and Japan. Not many people get to bear witness to human catastrophe on such a major scale.

He had a career as a magazine editor and broadcaster before becoming a director and writer. This 20-year career path in the media proved to be a valuable background in becoming a communications consultant and strategist.

Simon worked in music and consumer press before moving into television and publishing.

His first job in the media after graduating was with women’s magazine Cosmopolitan, followed by a stint in the music press with Record Mirror, BBC’s Radio One as a presenter, then Time Out Magazine where he worked on special projects. The brief was to expand Time Out’s reach and this resulted in being responsible for two Channel 4 series being commissioned on food and fashion. Both series were hosted by Dawn French.

Time Out was followed by Glasshouse Pictures which Simon helped develop as a radio syndication company. His syndicated interviews with Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Grace Jones and the Beach Boys and dozens more were distributed worldwide. Glasshouse grew with the development of corporate video which led to Simon becoming Head of Film Production for Jack Morton Worldwide.

While he was with Jack Morton, Simon and his team worked on the Hong Kong Handover, the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics, the Millennium Dome which is now the O2 in Docklands, most of the major mergers and acquisitions in the 1990’s like Lloyds TSB, Coopers and Lybrand, Saab/GM/Vauxhall and many more. Bae Defence Systems, Lockheed, Raytheon, Boeing, Airbus and Bristow were all clients in the burgeoning aerospace sector.

Simon worked with many government clients ranging from UKTI, DCMS, Number 10 and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on G7, G8 and G20, the Labour Party and the Conservative party. Nothing if not bi-partisan!

Next came a very memorable couple of years working on the re-launch of the Top Gear car programme, which the BBC had very nearly done away with. Much to the irritation of one or two senior BBC executives, it didn’t do too badly.

This was followed by a fascinating ten years working as a freelance documentary director making science and factual entertainment for top London production companies.

This varied career path has had several key factors in common throughout  – core values like reliability, trust, creativity and innovation have always been at the forefront of Simon’s approach and they are traits which he brings to every relationship. The sum total of experience of working in the media was a constant challenge in finding effective ways to communicate clear messages in memorable ways.

This represents a considerable databank of experience and knowledge which he can draw on to meet every new challenge in communication consultancy and strategic thinking.