Simon Fanshawe


Simon Fanshawe is a writer, broadcaster and non-executive director in the public and private sector. He has also co-founded a ground-breaking consultancy (astar-fanshawe), working with organisations on equality and diversity. Simon was a co-founder of the lesbian and gay equality lobby group Stonewall and is a cofounder of The Kaleidoscope Trust; the only British charity working exclusively on gay human rights worldwide.

As a broadcaster he is a regular contributor as a paper reviewer, pundit and panelist on the BBC and Sky. He regularly writes on politics, social policy and on the Arts for the national press. Simon also chairs conferences and speaks on a wide variety of platforms – mainly on diversity, governance, higher education, housing, culture and the Arts. He is also an accomplished after dinner speaker.

In 2005 Simon published The Done Thing, a study of modern manners and behaviour, with Random House and he is currently writing his first novel.

Between 2007 – 2013 he was chairman of the University of Sussex governing Council and he was awarded the OBE in the New Years Honours list 2013 for services to higher education.

Presenting – Radio
Date Programme Production Company / Channel Information
2014 The Rudest Man In Britain BBC 4 Extra Presenter / Writer
2012 Slippered Pantaloons BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2010-11 Off The Page – The Pleasure and Pain of Public Transport BBC Radio 4 Guest
2010 Open That Door: The Last 30 Years of Gay Comedy BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2010 Post Office Alternative Census TLC Casting Spoken Campaign
2007 Endangered Sounds BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2007 South African Boys Go Home BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2006 Simon Fanshawe Does… BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2006 Bridging The Gap BBC Radio 4 Presenter
2005 X Marks The Spot Series 8 BBC Radio 4 Guest
2005 A Good Read BBC Radio 4 Guest
2005 Next Question Please BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2005 Radio Cafe BBC Radio Scotland Contributor
2005 Pick Of The Week BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2005 Beyond Compere BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2005 The Jeremy Vine Show BBC Radio 2 Regular Guest
2004-06 Fanshawe Gets To The Bottom of Christmas BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2003-06 Loose Ends BBC Radio 4 Regular Interviewer
2003-04 Quote, Unquote BBC Radio 4 Panellist
2004 Laughter From The Edge BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2004 Roar! BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2003 Cooking The Books BBC Radio 4 Presenter / Writer
2003 Pick of the Week BBC Radio 4 Presenter
2003 Katie Derham Show LBC Radio Regular Guest
1994-99 Meridian – The English Language Arts Programme World Service Presenter / Writer
1994-96 Saturday Morning Show GLR Presenter / Writer
Presenting – Television
Date Programme Station Role
Ongoing BBC Breakfast BBC1 Regular Guest
2014 University Challenge ITV Celebrity Special
2013 Sunday Morning Live BBC1 Guest
2012 The Changing Face Of… Back2Back Productions Talking Head
2007 Virgin Memories BBC2 Regular Guest
2007 Who’s Building Britain BBC1 Presenter / Writer
2006 The Trouble With Gay Men Diverse Productions / BBC3 Presenter / Writer
2004 Live at Johnny’s BBC3 Guest
2003 The Way We Were Granada Talking Head
1995-00 The Pier Meridian Presenter
Date Event Location Role
2013 The Quoted Alliance Company – Annual Dinner Savoy, London Host
2013 Centrica Annual Conference Tate Modern Host
2013 Exeter City Council – City Centre Strategy Event Royal Albert Memorial Museum Guest Speaker
2013 National Housing Federation – Leaders Forum 2013 Grange Tower Bridge, London Guest Speaker
2013 AUDE Conference (Association of University Director of Estates) Warwick University Guest Speaker and Host of Seminar Session
2013 Society of London Treasurers – Annual Dinner Queens House, Greenwich, London After Dinner Speaker
2013 Chartered Institute of Taxation – Annual Dinner Queens’ College, Cambridge After Dinner Speaker
2013 SSRG – Fair Welfare Service or Farewell to Services Chancellor’s Conference Centre, Manchester Guest Speaker
2012 NHS Employers Strategic Forum Meeting Skipton House, London Speaker Facilitator
2012 Northern Silver Screen Awards, Northern Housing Consortium York Racecourse Host and Compere
2012 Green Gown Awards / EAUC University of Birmingham Awards Host
2012 Pro-Con Annual Conference King Power Stadium Guest Speaker
2012 Out And Equal – Global Summit Park Plaza, Westminster Speaker and MC
2012 Dine For The Future – Futureversity Savoy Hotel, London MC and Auctioneer
2012 Acumen Business Law Brighton Speaker
2012 2nd Annual National Greening the FE and HE Sectors GovToday, London Chair
2012 Ukadia Conference University of the Arts, London Keynote Speaker
2012 Build East Sussex / BES Steering Group East Sussex City Council Keynote Speaker
2012 Golden Jubilee Lecture and Awards Ceremony Assistant of University Administrations Annual Lecture
2012 The AUDE Conference Loughborough University Chair
2011 National Housing Federation NHF Chair
2011 Summer School Workshop University of Brighton Chair
2011 REC Technology Sector Group Annual Dinner Recruitment and Employment Confederation After Dinner Speaker
2011 National Housing Excellence Awards Excel Publishing MC
2011 NEDS in the NHS East of England NHS East of England Keynote Speaker
2011 World AIDS Day Event RBS Chair
2011 Comedy Conference The British Library Chair
2011 Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges University of York After Dinner Speaker
2008-10 Young Person Question Time Brighton and Hove Council Chair
2010 Customer Profiling: Beyond Data Northern Housing Consortium Speaker
2010 Northern Housing Summit Northern Housing Consortium Chair
2010 EMT Roadshow Southern Water Host
2010 Equality and Diversity Conference: Housing Magazine Westminster Briefing Keynote
2010 ECU Biennial Conference Equality Challenge Unit Keynote Speaker
2010 Southern Water Southern Water Host / Chair
2010 Help & Care Conference Help & Care Keynote Speaker
2010 AUDE Conference University of York Chair
2010 Lemos & Crane Series Interview Closing Session Conference
2010 London Development Conference Chartered Institute of Housing Chairing the Closing Session
2010 Charity Ball Southern Water MC
2010 CH Event Ocean Media Group Chairing the Closing Session
2010 Chartered Institute of Housing Conference and Exhibition in Harrogate Riverside Chairing the Closing Session
2010 The Housing Excellence Awards Excel Publishing MC
2010 Diversity Day Event Bradford University Keynote Speaker
2010 CIHSE Conference Ocean Media Group Chairing the Closing Session
2010 Wigan Council Event Wigan Council Conference Facilitator
2010 HRRA AGM Hasting and Rother Rainbow Alliance Keynote Speaker
Date Event Information
2010 British Telecom St Lukes
2009 Clarkes Shoes St Lukes
2008 The Mirror M7C Saatchi