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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Strong, dynamic and agile leadership is the critical success factor for any organisation in today's (and tomorrow's) fast-moving and rapidly evolving business environment.
Simon Gilderson is a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Performance Improvement in London with responsibility for Change Leadership. Following a 22-year military career, he has six years of corporate leadership experience. He specialises in leadership, strategy & planning, communications, emerging risks and crisis management. Mr. Gilderson has worked with a wide range of corporate clients as well as with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Before joining Corporate Performance Improvement, Mr. Gilderson spent two years with the Insurance & and Risk Advisory Services practice in London.  He was responsible for developing the Practice's capabilities and structures as well as business development and delivering advisory services to clients.  

Prior to A&M, he was an Executive Director with Willis Group where he was responsible to the Board for the conceptual development, building and leadership of a new consultancy business linked to a wide range of insurable risks.  He was also a driver behind, and a core member of, a strategic change programme, specifically providing leadership advice and guidance to senior executives.

​Before Willis, Mr. Gilderson served for 22 years in the British Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, with experience in both conventional and Special Forces operations.  He spent time in the Ministry of Defence 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 had responsibility for strategic level response to global events and the operational delivery and coordination of multi-national assets in highly complex situations.  

He has a strong leadership record in both the military and commercial environments.  He has coordinated national level response to crisis events and has been responsible for the planning and delivery of a number of complex inter-agency and multi-national operations around the world.  He has also acted in an advisory capacity to governments across Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. He has extensive experience of leadership and strategy at governmental and board level and has spoken publically on leadership on a number of occasions.  He is a fully accredited Prosci Change Management practitioner.  

Mr. Gilderson earned a master's degree in international affairs from King's College London and has been awarded an MBE for leadership. He has led a team to develop a national standard for cyber risk management aimed at boards and senior executives. Mr. Gilderson was selected to be a Fellow of the British American Project in 2010.  A British national, Mr. Gilderson is a native English speaker and also speaks Nepalese.