Simon Fanshawe, OBE

He is an entrepreneur, non-exec director, broadcaster, writer and campaigner.


He is a co founder and partner in his main business, Diversity by Design , a ground breaking equality, diversity and organizational transformation consultancy (


Between 2007 – 2013 he was chairman of the University of Sussex governing Council. He is currently on the Boards of Brighton Festival and Dome, Housing and Care 21 and has recently been made a Trustee of The Museum of London.


He was a co-founder of one of the most successful lobby and campaign groups in recent times, the lesbian and gay equality organisation Stonewall. He is now a co-founder of the Kaleidoscope Trust, supporting lgbt activists abroad.


As a broadcaster he has hosted many programmes on TV and Radio and appears regularly as a commentator and documentary maker. He writes regularly for the Financial Times on diversity and has written on politics, social policy for most of the UK Press.  He won the 1989 Perrier Award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


In 2005 he published THE DONE THING a best selling book on manners and behaviour for Random House.


He was awarded the OBE in the New Years Honours list 2013 for services to Higher Education. And he was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sussex for services to diversity and human rights in 2013.