After graduating from Merton College, Oxford University, Simon Hepburn spent 10 years working in marketing in industry, commerce and consultancy. This included managing a GBP1.5m advertising budget for Reed at the age of 24, advising Vodafone on improving its image as an employer, and developing and managing a new practice in one of the UK's leading reputation management consultancies, Communications Management. During this time he achieved an MBA from Henley Management College with electives in Innovation and Relationship Marketing and an Advanced Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
He then retrained as a teacher at the Institute of Education, London and has spent the last 6 years working as a teacher and Head of Department in both state and private schools. In the schools he has worked in he has advised on a range of marketing activities and observed at first hand the marketing challenges faced by schools in a changing and challenging marketplace.