Simon Reichwald

Director, Bright Futures Resourcing and Chief Progression Officer, Connectr

For almost 30 years’ Simon has worked in Talent Acquisition. In recent years his focus has been on enabling firms to access untapped, diverse pools of talent (from young people to returners and over 50’s) and then removing barriers to enable talent to progress into work and critically progress when in work.

He was one of the Delivery Partners for a Govt commissioned taskforce with the City of London Corporation (2020-22) which has lead to the setting up of a new membership body Progress Together (in May 2022) to boost socio-economic diversity at senior levels in UK Financial and Professional Services.

He was awarded ‘Freedom of the City of London‘ in recognition for his work. He is a member of the Skills for a Sustainable Skyline Taskforce, and although London focused, impacts all the UK.

He was appointed an ISE Fellow in 2022, (Institute of Student Employers) having been Honorary Vice-President (2017-2020) with a brief to shape the apprenticeship strategy for its’ members, The focus of that work is how apprenticeships can be a powerful tool to address the very real skills challenges facing UK Plc; so to both support the progression into work, as well as the development of future skills and progression when in work.

He is an Honorary Teaching Fellow as part of the ‘Leaders in Residence’ programme at Lancaster University Management School. He is Deputy Chair for the Apprentice Diversity Champions Network (ADCN). It was launched by the Department of Education, as a network of employers to support the Government’s commitment to Diversity through Apprenticeships.

He used to be a runner (6 half marathons and 1 London Marathon), but now is a cyclist having cycled from London to Paris in 2022 and in the summer of 2023 Gloucestershire to Essex, all for charity. And because there is always more you can do, he coaches and runs womens’ cricket for Cheltenham Cricket Club.

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