Introducing our Executive Directors:
Simon joined Prowler Press Limited in 1992 after a spell of four years working for J.P. Morgan in London. He became a shareholder and director after a year, and gradually became involved in all aspects of the business, including setting up the video production business and partnership business SBV in Berlin. He became Sales Director in 1995 and MD of Prowler in 1998. Upon the formation of MPG in 1999, he became Group Managing Director.
Simon has a degree from the London School of Economics (University of London) and also holds the IPDM Diploma. He is a Director of Heart of Soho Limited and the Group companies, and has been a Director of the Adult Industry Trade Association.
On 13th October 2013 Simon was honored in the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List of 100 most influential LGBT men and women in the UK at number 39 and again in 2014 at number 60.
James joined the board on 10 December 2014, following a management buy out of founder and Non-Executive Chair Chris Graham-Bell.
James is a digital marketing expert, with over 15 years experience in new media. He is a true entrepreneur with a track record of building successful businesses. He founded Coast Digital in 2002, and has skillfully developed the business to become one of the UK’s leading digital marketing agencies. Coast Digital has twice been included in the Sunday Times Fast Track, (a list of the fastest growing privately owned technology companies in the UK), and has previously been ranked by New Media Age as one of the UK’s Top 100 Interactive Agencies.
James repeated this success in 2005 with the launch of compareandsave.com, which quickly grew to become the UK’s largest independent online credit card introducer, and finalist for the online business of the year awards 2007. In June 2008, compareandsave.com was sold to creditcards.com for an undisclosed sum.
James is a prolific investor in start up and early stage businesses, and has to date built a portfolio of around 20 investments including Future Ad Labs, Cloudtags, Seedrs, Maily and Shareight.
James began his career in media over 20 years ago at the Essex Chronicle, part of the Northcliffe Newspaper Group. During this time he held several positions including Classified Advertising Manager for the Brentwood Gazette.
After a successful career in IT sales he moved into a consultancy role and was responsible for the design and project management of an award-winning e-commerce implementation for a large IT systems integrator. The system is still used today and has spearheaded the growth and eventual sale of the business to British Telecom plc.
In 2009 James was invited to join Courvoisier The Future 500, a list published in association with the Sunday Observer which recognises individuals who have achieved significant success in their field.
A clear strategic thinker, James relishes the challenge of building businesses. He enjoys mentoring young people and advising early stage entrepreneurs.