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Simon Dowson-Collins

Simon is a director of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, one of the longest-standing members on the company’s Executive Committee and a pension trustee. Simon and his team are responsible for pre and post publication advice, defamation, mergers and acquisitions, the handling of all litigation and advice to HarperCollins’ distribution business. He is jointly responsible for delivery of P&L of the entire business.

Simon is an advocate of the company’s strategy on diversity and inclusion, and is dedicated to establishing a more diverse workplace. As a fierce champion of his team, Simon has promoted internally to fill senior anti-bribery and data protection positions, including a BAME member of his team who Simon mentored from a personal assistant through to the company’s global anti-piracy manager.

Simon was also a founding member of a cross-organisational programme called Venture, which encouraged entrepreneurship and creative ideas from all levels of the company. From this programme grew HarperCollins’ partnership with City Gateway, an apprenticeship charity helping young people to gain employment by improving their interview skills and bolstering their confidence in a corporate environment.