Simon Downing

Non Executive Director of Literacy Capital

Simon founded Civica in 2000 and remains Chairman of the business today. He has experience as a CEO of a PLC and private business, as well as a number of different types of transactions, and as a Chairman of different IT and outsourcing businesses

Civica (2000 – current) 

  • Civica was created following a management buy-out led by Simon and backed by private equity firm, Alchemy Partners

  • Simon led the business through an IPO and floated the business on AIM in 2004, before delisting it in 2008 following a buy-out by 3i valuing the business at £190 million

  • Civica then went through a third private equity transaction in 2013 when OMERS Private Equity acquired the Group from 3i for £390 million

  • In July 2017, Civica was sold by OMERS Private Equity to Partners Group for £1.06 billion. At the point of this transaction, the Group had grown to over 4,000 employees and operated in 10 countries

Since 2012, Simon has also been Chairman of four other businesses:

  • Edenhouse (Jan 17 - current)

    • A specialist SAP support & consultancy​

  • AdviserPlus (Nov 16 - current)

    • HR outsourcing for large corporates​

  • Datum (Oct 12 - current)

    • Highly secure, carrier neutral data centre for companies and service providers​

  • Attenda (Jun 12 - Dec 16)

    • Cloud support services for critical applications​

In addition to his role at Civica and other Chairman roles, Simon has also been a Senior Adviser to OMERS Private Equity, which has in excess of $12 billion of private equity assets under management, since 2016. He is also a past winner of the EY UK Technology and IT Services Entrepreneur of the Year award

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