Dr. Simon Hayward

The Agile Leader


Dr Simon Hayward is an acclaimed author, Honorary Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School, and founder and CEO of leadership consultancy Cirrus. He has a wealth of strategic leadership experience gained over 30 years. He has developed major leadership programmes for clients across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America and is considered a trusted advisor by many including Standard Chartered, M&G and BT.

A leading conference speaker, Simon has spoken at the Agile Business Conference, the British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual Conference, the Charity Finance Group Annual Conference, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Annual Conference, and the Innovation Roundtable Summit. He has also presented at events and conferences at leading academic institutions including Alliance Manchester Business School, Cass Business School, Leeds University Business School, and the University of Melbourne LH Martin Institute.

Simon’s most recent book, The Agile Leader, was published by Kogan Page in June 2018.  His first book, Connected Leadership, was published by FT Publishing in 2016 and was shortlisted as Management Book of the Year by the Chartered Management Institute and the British Library. Simon has also had chapters published in the Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia (2017), which explored Connected Leadership in the Asian context, and the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods (2017).

Simon has a DBA and MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School and an MA (Hons) in English from Oxford University. A Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and The Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Academy of Management and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

He is a frequent media commentator, featuring in leading publications including the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, Management Today, Human Resources and The Guardian, as well as on Sky News and the BBC.

Simon’s work with clients has been recognised by the International Business Awards, Business Culture Awards, People Management Awards, Management Consultancies Association Awards, HR Excellence Awards, Personnel Today Awards and the Hotel Catering Personnel and Training Awards.