Simon Banks

Creative and dynamic MC, keynote speaker and facilitator

Simon Banks is a creative and entertaining MC, keynote speaker and facilitator who has played a key role in conferences and events around the world for more than 13 years.

With a background in the arts, entertainment and innovation combined with a corporate career in learning and development and sales, Simon is able to bring a unique mix to all these roles. He's been described as being "like Picasso's and Eddie Izzard's love child".

Simon's great skill is to bring a wonderful energy to the conference room and he infuses delegates with this throughout the day. He has the ability to get the audience quickly involved, interacting and, most importantly, engaged with what is going on during the day.

A specialist in creativity and innovation, Simon brings a fresh approach to conferences and encourages everyone to look through a different lens.

Simon brings his undoubted skills as an exhibiting artist and a visual facilitator to all his roles, providing an added and unusual dimension to the proceedings. For example, if the occasion suits, he can draw cartoons summarising what the speakers are saying. With a touch of humour, Simon will soon have your audience engaged and connected. He can mix the fun stuff with the serious stuff or deliver the serious stuff in a fun way.

Simon also delivers keynotes on creativity and innovation from a 'non-text' book approach and develops and delivers programs around getting great ideas, embracing freshness and developing a culture of innovation within your company.

He has many innovative ideas to help make your event a success, whether it is making sure your conference flows smoothly, leading a discussion panel or facilitating a team-building exercise with great energy and creativity.

More about Simon Banks:

Simon is the director of VisualFunk, a company that has a passion for enabling people to unlock their potential to achieve personal, team and organisational growth by thinking and acting creatively. He was previously with one of the UK's leading learning and development companies before working for a number of training companies in Australia as a facilitator so he can easily connect with any content you want to bring to life.

He is also a talented professional artist who has also taught Visual Arts at university, TAFE and primary level, lectured for three years at the National Gallery of England and developed programs for institutions such as The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Simon likes to keep things fresh, creative and most of all, energetic. If your audience is energised, they are engaged and if you can keep your audience engaged, your event will be a success.

Client testimonials

This is the very best program I personally have ever experienced. Thanks so much Simon, I believe you have found your calling, not just in art and facilitation but bringing a whole bunch of people together that would not normally associate. I couldn't rave about you highly enough. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.

BlueScope Steel

This is the second time that we have worked with Simon and once again it was a great success. Simon was the main facilitator at our recent Planning Conference and he was excellent. He was very professional, with the perfect blend of knowledge, experience and humour.

AECOM

Wow! What an impact our 2 days with Simon has had on our team. The team are constantly thinking outside the square for business improvement ideas and 'acting' more creatively. This is an absolute strength to this team and Sanitarium, and we are already seeing the business results. Well done and we can't wait for our next session in April.

Sanitarium

Ongoing value of the training we participated in with you has been amazing! And the few of us who were a part of the original training group are keen to introduce the other members of our team to the experience we all rave about. Thanks once again for an amazing experience, the best training I have ever done.

Mission Australia

Simon - you have showed professionalism, skill, creativity and great, great, great humour at both conferences you have facilitated. Watching you captivate an audience is just great.

Australand

I cannot speak highly enough of Simon. He was great at setting the atmosphere and enabling us to connect with our team mates. He kept everyone on their toes and had some great ideas on ice breakers and games without anyone feeling embarrassed about being involved.

CathoicCare

The feedback was fantastic from the conference. Thanks so much for your work with our sessions Simon. You were exceptionally professional, fun and really nailed the brief

Flight Centre

Your energy, style and humour was very engaging and enabled the whole team to get in touch with their amazing creativity, to have fun and to step outside their comfort zone. Thank you for making it seem effortless, I really do appreciate how much hard work goes into delivering something that works so well

St George Community Housing

Thanks again for all your work over the duration of our conference. I had nothing but positive feedback from everyone. Your laughs and communication skills were excellent. You were great at getting everyone involved and ensuring that everyone felt comfortable with what we were doing. Having a laugh with the group eased you into working with everyone for the day. We all had a fantastic time.

Bovis Lend Lease

Everyone thought you were great! Your session was fantastic, fast paced and highly interactive and took a different approach to the exploring creativity and innovation with a purpose relevant for the HR team. Most of all you were loads of fun.

Western Power