Simon Downing

Founder and Group Chair

Simon is chair of our Group Board. He founded Civica in 2001, rapidly building our position as a leading software partner for the public sector with a people-first culture. He subsequently drove our sustained growth both organically and through M&A, including cross-sector and international expansion. He led the company’s IPO in 2004 and subsequent private equity-backed buyouts in 2008 and 2013. Simon became Group chair in 2016, and in 2017 completed the agreement with global private markets investment manager Partners Group to acquire Civica on behalf of its clients.

Simon has over 30 years of industry and leadership experience. A graduate engineer, he is a past winner of the EY Technology & IT Services UK Entrepreneur of the Year award. As well as serving on our Group Board, he is also currently chair of Audiotonix Group, senior non-executive director at Purplebricks Group plc and a board member at Literacy Capital plc.

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