Who we are

We are experienced facilitators, conveners and strategists.

We have worked for leaders across government, business and not for profit organisations to help resolve strategic challenges and find answers. Our team has a mix of backgrounds and expertise but all of us have a natural curiosity and empathy that brings perspective and energy to our projects.

We’re committed to focusing our efforts on the important stuff.

Consultant
Strategic communications and brand background in big business (Samsung, Schneider Electric, Orange), non-profit (SSAFA, Restless Development) and cleantech scaleups (Velocys). Former BBC World Service journalist, repentant Coca-Cola salesman who spent the 90’s in Beijing and also founder of SMN. Articulate and interested in how leaders take others with them.
Consultant
Strategy consultant with commercial and non-profit experience, including Trillion Trees (WWF, WCS, Birdlife International), Netflix Sustainability, Stratasys, Egyptian Tourism Board, Allianz Real Estate, and a few too many telecoms brands. Co-led the public platform of a climate action campaign convened by TED. Adept at smart project design, live sensemaking and helping organisations define their role in the world.
Consultant
Experience engaging people across public and private sectors from front line to ministers. Tackling policy and strategy challenges in four Government departments, including leading a Defra Climate Adaptation Team; plus clients including ClientEarth, Arts University Plymouth, Oxfam and Oxford North. Champions collaboration and imagination as ingredients for a resilient future.
Language
Dynamic writing duo who have worked inside and out of global creative agencies, and national news rooms. Experience creating on point messaging, copy and narratives: improving fluency for clients including Horizons Ventures, Univercells Bioscience, Frontier Economics and FT.com.
Creative Collaboration
Project manager, artist and producer, with over 15 years experience in brand activation, trends advisory, engagement and project planning and management for clients from big brands to small arts universities. Also works as a London National Park City Ranger.
Consultant
Experience in strategy and business development. Has worked with Delphi Technologies, Brother UK, BearingPoint, Sony and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. Brings thoughtful research skills, creativity and commercial nous.
Operations
Experienced project and operations manager with a proven track record of providing hyper-organised and flexible project administration, and supporting teams to deliver successful outcomes in complex projects.
“We’ve loved working with SMN team who bring energy and focus to the many strategic challenges we have wrestled with together over the years”
– David Camp, Chief Executive, Stanhope
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“I don't think we could have achieved what we did in such a short space of time without the incredible commitment, expertise and network of the Something More Near team”
– Logan McClure Davda, Impact at TED
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“Simon and Nicole have two of the best strategy brains I’ve worked with”
– James Hurst, Head of Brand Design, Google
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“If you need a team who can listen to, challenge and find creative solutions with a senior executive audience, hire Something More Near now”
– Yoav Zeif, CEO of global 3D printing giant Stratasys
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Working within a talented network

As an action-oriented strategy practice we partner with a range of great people to complement and support what we do.  From behavioural science and graphic design, to futures thinking and digital experiences, we will convene the team with the skills and expertise needed for the tasks at hand.

We’ve have had the privilege of working with these talented folks:

Public policy influencers Public First. Ethnographic filmmakers Naked Eye. India’s most loved youth media organisation, Yuvaa. Web development masters Midnight Studio. South African production outfit Lampost. Critically acclaimed creative studio Uncommon London. Digital change drivers If Not Now. Creative communications agencies Lovers, and Wash Studio. Exploratory research experts Muir Wood & Co. Foresight focused futures SOIF. To name a few.