Entrepreneur and creative agency leader, passionate about education


Simon is a New Zealand business leader with a passion for learning and development. Following graduation with first class honours in Business Management from Waikato University, Simon became a brand manager, and then International Marketing Manager for Lion Nathan. He then moved to Saatchi and Saatchi in London as an account and business director, during which time Simon was personally invited to join the late Sir Peter Blake in his blakexpeditions campaign, working directly with Sir Peter to build the partnerships, profile and ultimately the finances to run his environmental crusade.

On his return to New Zealand in 2005, Simon Curran co-founded and became Chief Executive of Shine, a communications and strategy consultancy based in Auckland. This company has been recognised as a leading independent brand consultancy – twice named the National Business Review 5-star Agency; and once named Fairfax Media’s Agency of the Year. Shine’s client list includes some of New Zealand and Australia’s top companies.

Additionally, as an entrepreneur, Simon has been involved in co-founding Northwest Holdings, one of the country’s leading hospitality groups, including Ostro, Ebisu, Tyler Street Garage and the Seafarers Members Club. Simon currently sits on the board of Dilworth and attends global forums on education.