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Simon Grover

Senior Writer and Workshop Leader

What do you do?

I write. I also run writing workshops to give people the tools they need to write better.

Why do you do it?

I am obsessed with words. Even at home, I am often to be found with my nose in the Shorter Oxford. So why not do it here too and get paid?

Which projects have you worked on?

I’ve worked on live action films and animations with KPMG, First Group, Experian, the Civil Service, Lloyds Bank, Bristol City Council, Whitbread, the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association and B&CE. I’ve written marketing material for AXA, PruHealth, Ross Trustees, Good Energy, HBOS, Royal London and Prudential. I’ve written things like letter templates and web copy for HMRC, Starbucks, Kodak Pension Plan, Urenco, HBOS, Royal London, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Cunningham Lindsey. I’ve run workshops for Diabetes UK, Not on the high street, the Institute of Cancer Research and TSB.

Which project are you most proud of?

I was very proud of our extended work with the trustees of the Kodak Pension Plan. Through videos, letters, newsletters and web copy, we helped them convince their members to vote overwhelmingly in favour of a new pension scheme.

What do you like to do when you're not at work?

I’ve written over 100 episodes of children’s television shows, including The Tweenies, Gigglebiz and Bobinogs. My early career was in acting, and I still do that occasionally, such as this ad for Advent and ten seconds on screen as a Deatheater in Harry Potter. I’m also a district councillor in my home town of St Albans.

What have you got on your desk?

A cactus, a bike horn and little statue of a tall thin man.

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