Simon Kingston

Simon provides advice on leadership to clients across the Social Impact Sector and globally.

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Based in London, Simon co-leads the Social Impact and Education Sector at Russell Reynolds Associates and is the founder of our Global Development Practice. Simon serves clients around the world, helping them identify senior leaders and board members with a particular interest in global public health, global development, and governance.

He has longstanding relationships with leaders in public-private partnerships in global development and policy organizations, advising them on leadership appointments. Simon has conducted searches for Russell Reynolds since 2007 after completing a decorated academic career.

Simon received his BA in history from Trinity College Dublin and his DPhil in history from the University of Oxford. He was subsequently a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Oxford and a tutor and retained lecturer at a number of its colleges. He completed an executive education program in Leading Professional Service Firms at Harvard Business School. He is the co-founder of the West Cork History Festival and a lay member of the Chapter of Southwark Cathedral.
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Areas of Expertise

Board Director and Chair Search Board Effectiveness Board of Directors CEO Succession Chief Executive Officers Education Executive Search Social Impact Sustainability Officers

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Simon is the co-founder of the West Cork History Festival and has published pieces on Irish and British politics and history. He is a member of the advisory board of the British Irish Association.