Simon Gilderson
Senior Director
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25+ years of leadership with Special Forces, conventional military and commercial organisations
Experience with large and small, governmental and corporate organisations across the globe
Worked on strategy and planning at the highest level of British Government and global corporates
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Simon Gilderson is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Insurance and Risk Advisory Services in London, with more than 25 years of experience in security, crisis and risk management.

His primary areas of concentration are leadership, strategy and planning, geo-political risk, security, cyber, communications, and risk and crisis management.

Mr. Gilderson has worked with clients across a range of industries, including oil and gas, transportation, legal, support service providers, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Before joining A&M, he spent three years with Willis Group as an executive director, responsible for the conceptual development, building and leadership of a class-leading and dynamic global crisis response capability with associated consultancy services that covered a wide range of insurable risks.

With sole responsibility to the Willis Board, Mr. Gilderson delivered a complex project within an Enterprise Risk Management framework on time and under budget. This crisis response capability grew in scope during its first year of operation and was a catalyst for new revenue generation. He was also a driver behind, and a core member of, a major strategic change program.

Earlier, Mr. Gilderson served for 22 years in the British Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, with experience in both conventional and special forces operations. His final role was as the personal staff officer to the Chief of the General Staff (the professional head of the British Army), which gave him an intimate knowledge of government and of the development of policy and strategy at the highest levels, both nationally and internationally.

He has a strong leadership record and has been responsible for the planning and delivery of a number of complex inter-agency and multi-national operations around the world as well as operating in an advisory capacity to governments across Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

During his career, Mr. Gilderson was responsible for the U.K.’s Counter Terrorist response capability including policy development, inter-agency and multiple stakeholder engagement and practical delivery. He led a team that worked with Airbus to develop security solutions for Airbus aircraft and developed national counter-terrorist plans and protocols in response to the changing threat environment post 9/11.

He has in-depth experience of operational planning and delivery including the effective integration of multiple stakeholders, both public and private sector.

Mr. Gilderson earned a master's degree in international affairs from King's College London and was awarded an MBE for leadership. He is a speaker on crisis planning and crisis management, focusing on a risk-based methodology where proactive planning and contingency options and effective response are critical to success.

He was selected to be a Fellow of the British American Project in 2010. A British national, he is a native English speaker and also speaks Nepalese.