What he’s learnt: “Empower your team and bring them up with you.”
Described by Arcadia’s head of software engineering John Pillar as a “true leader of the future”, Simon Lockyer has had a tangible impact on the business since joining last year.
“Simon has transformed his function in a short space of time, attracting praise from senior stakeholders and building levels of trust between the technology and digital teams that previously did not exist,” says Pillar.
A high-pressure start to Lockyer’s career, at advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, proved a vital learning experience. Already balancing a heavy workload and tight deadlines on very little sleep, in 2014 he was asked to move into a more senior position on the team.
“Although it was unbelievably testing, that early effort has been one of the best things I have ever done for my career,” he explains.
His ultimate ambition is to become a chief technology officer, something Pillar agrees is well within his reach.
Meanwhile, Lockyer’s passion lies in the ever-changing and increasingly important world of digital innovation: “The advances in technology are huge, and there’s still so much to be explored, especially in physical stores.”
2017 Software engineering manager, Arcadia Group
2016 Head of development, KHWS
2015 Lead front end developer, KHWS
2014 Lead front end developer, Saatchi & Saatchi
2013 Front end developer, Saatchi & Saatchi