Simon Fanshawe OBE is a cofounder and partner of Diversity by Design, a groundbreaking consultancy that works with organizations to develop diversity solutions in order to build greater performance. Current clients include Sheffield, Cardiff, Kingston, Hertfordshire Universities, FirstGroup, Costa, Virgin Media, the Co-op, GCHQ, NSPCC, the College of Policing, and the Army. He was chairman of the University of Sussex governing council from 2007 to 2013, and he is currently on the boards of Brighton Dome and Festival, Housing, and Care 21. He is also a trustee of the Museum of London.

He was a cofounder of the lesbian and gay equality organization Stonewall, and he is a cofounder of the Kaleidoscope Trust, supporting LGBTI activists abroad. He is also a broadcaster, writer, and pundit. He was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2013 for services to higher education. He was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sussex for services to diversity and human rights in 2013.