Makes You Think: Industrial Relations & Union Consultant
(For the latest UnionDays podcast, click here)
Welcome to Makes-You-Think.com, my home on the web. I’m Simon Sapper. I have over 30 years’ experience in high profile campaigning, regulatory and membership organisations across public, private and voluntary sectors. My core areas of expertise are work and workplace relations, membership-based organisations and governance, probity, and conduct matters. I have a reputation for leadership, innovation, independent thought and integrity.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill in the contact form.
See how we may be able to work together on a range of workplace, workforce or structure and governance issues.
I can create and host your podcast through concept, presentation, recording, editing, production and publication.
See who I write for, which articles I have contributed to, and on whose shows I have guested.
The Loudshirts blog: the world of work, ideas for making the world a better place, Brentford football club, and more.
What they say
The Fire Brigades Union has engaged Simon on a number of organisational projects. These included giving presentations on his reports to our Executive Council, as well as a to a meeting of brigade and regional officials. I found Simon to be very thorough in his work, with timeframes adhered to and regular updates given. The feedback I received from officials at all levels of the union was very positive and helped us immensely in producing a strategic plan for the union, whilst operating under extremely difficult political circumstances.
Thank you for your hard work and immaculate integrity
I worked as HR Director in a unionised environment for a.number of years and Simon was the National Officer in the collective agreement negotiations and a large number of TUPE transfers with collective consultation.
We had many tough negotiations and discussions and I was always impressed and challenged by his knowledge, thoroughness, articulation, debating and negotiating skills.
Throughout this period we worked well together and embraced a modern employee relations relationship of true working partnership – so much so that after the collective bargaining agreement had been overtaken by restructuring, we (the Company) employed the now-freelance Simon as a consultant to brief and train employee representatives in skills, protocol and legal requirements in large outsourced TUPE situations. This was well received and worked well for all stakeholders.
The Royal College of Midwives engaged Simon to lead us through a strategic review of our membership networks. He undertook this with considerable diplomacy and provided us with a thorough report to guide future developments. As a critical friend, Simon was able to help us see what was going really well and to challenge us about what we needed to improve. He brought experience of other organisations, a professional manner and a deep understanding of what makes for effective membership engagement to this project.