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Simon Fanshawe

Simon Fanshawe, OBE D.Univ (Sussex),is an entrepreneur, non-exec director, broadcaster, writer and campaigner.

He is partner of astar-fanshawe, a ground-breaking equality, diversity and organizational transformation consultancy.

Simon works with both private- and public-sector organisations on strategy, performance improvement and equality and diversity. He holds a number of board positions: Housing and Care 21, Kaleidoscope, the Museum of London and Brighton Festival & Dome. He was formerly chair of War on Want and co-founder of the lesbian and gay equality lobby group Stonewall.

Simon broadcasts regularly on TV and radio, frequently chairs conferences and speaks on a wide variety of platforms including governance, higher education, housing and culture. He writes in The Guardian and other publications on innovation and leadership in public services.

Simon was awarded the OBE in 2013 for services to higher education.

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