Simon Sijbrands

Simon Sijbrands (1961) is an independent and experienced advisor who helps senior managers with various challenges related to the theme of “organisational and individual change”.

Simon works with clients and their teams on the realisation of cost-effective, lasting (behavioural) change – for instance during mergers, take-overs, developments of new strategies or innovative concepts, the re-designing of governance models and business processes or the analysis and implementation of new regulations. He performs on the border area of business economy, business administration and psychology. This he does with the right tone, timing and profundity – sometimes challenging or even temporizing, from a correct balance between “hard and soft issues”, and always with the necessary amount of humour. He uses his experience of over twenty years as an advisor, leader and self-confidence as his compass. He usually works alone, but enlists the help of other advisors of well-established consulting-agencies in case the size or contents of the engagement so require. In short, Simon is a sparring partner of stature, who listens when he should and speaks when it is necessary.

Having had a university training in business economics and business administration (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands), he has, since the nineties, constantly been dealing with the question of how organisations, groups and individuals deal with the issue of “change”. He got a diploma in clinical organisational psychology (cum laude) and an executive master's degree in Coaching and Consulting for Change (Insead). He took part in additional various executive education programs (Insead and Harvard). For 15 years Simon worked for KPMG, of which 11 years as an equity partner. Apart from being a consultant he held various (international) positions within KPMG, amongst which those of global advisory client lead partner, chairman of various business units and risk management partner. Moreover, in the early nineties Simon worked as an associate professor of strategy and organisational sciences. Before that, in his early youth, he was a soccer-player for Ajax and after that for AZ’67.

Simon is associated to the Kets de Vries Institute since 2013.

Simon is married to Marianne and together they have three children: Jesper, Isabel and Julian.