Simon Pitkeathley

Chief executive of Camden Town Unlimited

Simon has been CEO of the multi-award winning, public/private partnership, Camden Town Unlimited, since 2007. He is also CEO of Euston Town and Camden Collective. He is currently Co-Chair of Cross River Partnership, sits on the London LEP (LEAP), is a Governor at Capital City College Group and Chair of Camden Giving. Simon was No.8 on the On Office Power List 2016 and hasn’t stopped talking about it!

Earlier roles included working for the Prime Minister in 2001 and 2005, Executive Director of the British Bankers’ Association between 1999 and 2003 and consultancy work for various clients including JP Morgan and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) between 2003 and 2007.

Simon attended INSEAD in 2002, is married and has two adult sons.

For The UK's Sake, London's SMEs Shouldn't Be Penalised

Small businesses in London are being forced to 'take one for the team'. The new business rates that came into force this week reflect changes in property value since the 2008 recession. In London, where the property market was largely unaffected by the economic downturn, business rates are rising by an average of 11%. In some areas of the capital, rates are going up by 85% or more.
10/04/2017 11:55 BST

With Years Of Uncertainty Ahead, It's Time To Rethink Our Business Tax Regime

Either way, the time has clearly come to rethink the way in which we tax our businesses. We don't yet know how Brexit will ultimately turn out for business in Britain. Many plans to invest and expand are being put on hold. So the Government must do everything it can to support business throughout this period, and recognise that a stable UK economy relies on a stable London economy.
16/11/2016 12:10 GMT

The New Kids on the Municipal Block

The outposts of local and central government should more readily view and accept the leaders of public private partnerships as willing and able associates with whom strong local alliances can be formed.
14/04/2015 11:35 BST

Funding Crossrail 2 Requires Fresh Thinking and Bold Ideas, Not Another Hit on London's Businesses

Our message to the Government is clear: extending the BRS in its current form will put the future of London BIDs and the success of its high street policy initiatives at risk. Whether this means offsetting it against BID levies or ensuring that landlords are on a more even footing, the BRS needs to be adapted to ensure that the short-to-medium term occupiers are not the ones that are penalised.
04/12/2014 13:01 GMT

Changes to the Planning System Are Leading to Thousands of Job Losses Across London

Boris described the planning policy as "utterly crazy" and said that "Government is totally wrong on changes to permitted development rights... It reduces the space where firms can start up". Let's hope more legislators see sense soon, and stop this threat to independent businesses that are so vital for our creative economy and community.
25/11/2014 10:14 GMT