Simon is an experienced trainer and facilitator having been involved in management training and leadership development since 1993. An SDI accredited practitioner (Strength Deployment Inventory), CPD trainer for the Law Society and qualified business coach, the main areas of expertise include Leadership development, coaching for high performance, personal impact, and influence and overcoming challenging conversations.
Simon has delivered training courses for the NHS and local trusts including in London, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent, Manchester and Leeds with the particular focus on coaching, influencing and performance management.
He has also developed and delivered by a wide range of interactive communication skills workshops training for BBC, Urenco, E.on, Lafarge, Interserve, DLA Piper, Home Retail Group and Staffordshire County Council amongst others both in the UK and overseas.
He is currently delivering a range of courses for Staffordshire County Council including for their new appraisal system ‘My Performance Conversation’ ensuring objective settings, ratings, and learning plans make a difference to the performance of colleagues and managers.
Simon has recently completed delivering series of three-day leadership programmes for DNVGL in China, South Korea, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai as well as in the UK while heading up an ongoing two-year Graduate programme in Loughborough for the same company.
Having started out originally as a professional business actor within learning and development, Simon passionately believes that learning should, where possible, be practice-based and interactive so that individuals have the opportunity to ‘try out’ new approaches in the training room, first, rather than in the work place. By giving people the opportunity to hone their skills and to receive structured, specific feedback on their personal impact, they gain the confidence to apply what they have learnt when it matters.
He aims to bring clarity, humour and sensitivity to his work to leave participants with the motivation to put new skills into practice, immediately, while removing the fears and habits that hold them back.
“…I was overwhelmed by the professionalism, humour, sensitivity and intelligence that you showed throughout the two days…emotional intelligence is not inevitable, but you demonstrated it in the most profound way…I think that all trainers should hone into the problem, but your intelligence made the two days quite extraordinary for the team.” Claire Sefton, Head of Events, BBC
“Simon Eastwood was inspirational!!! He was also very professional and really good at feeding back to the delegates…” Simon Perkins, In-Store Regional Manager, Eon
“Thank you so much for opening our conference with such style and panache. As you can see from the feedback, our members thought you were terrific. Thank you for delivering such a fantastic session.” Sue Donnelly, Events Director, The Federation of Image Consultants.
“I found Simon an excellent “deliverer" and completely personified the impact I want to be able to deliver as a result of this course.” Caroline Hampson, Masterfoods.
“Simon once again kept me interested and attentive throughout the two days and I have learnt a lot of useful skills” Callie Mortimer, Graduate Engineer, GL.