Simon Banks is a creative, dynamic and engaging corporate MC, creative facilitator and keynote speaker.

Do you want a keynote speaker with a dynamic twist?

Fed up of boring snoring speakers who drone on and on?

Wish you could find someone with spark AND intelligence who’ll wake up your audience and get them firing and ready for action?

Meet Simon Banks.

Professional, Engaging, Creative.

Experienced, Enthusiastic, Energetic…

…And FUN!

If you want your audience engaged, the energy high and your people raving about your keynote speech, Simon’s got you covered.

Simon is a sought-after speaker and also emcees conferences and events and facilitates day-long and longer innovation programmes for companies who want to develop a culture of innovation and nurture market leading thinking, great ideas, products and results. His book A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Business is coming out in the first half of 2017.

Simon’s spoken at and facilitated an enormous range of events, running 1000+ across Europe, Asia, America and Australia, including:

  • Conferences and Events
  • Innovation Hackathons
  • Visual Communication Programs
  • Creativity and Design Thinking workshops, and
  • Large scale, creative team events

His unique blend of energetic enthusiasm, creativity and humour is your guarantee for a keynote that lives on in the memories of your people, for all the right reasons. With his characteristic vim and vigour, audiences are instantly engaged and along for the ride.

Combining a career in learning and development, and his background in the arts, entertainment and innovation, Simon marries his creative abilities with his experience in the corporate world to ignite fresh, innovative thinking in his audiences and drive creativity that lasts long after the event is over.

Not your usual corporate-turned-speaker, Simon brings keynotes to life with his brilliant illustrations that fire up your people’s imaginations and bring creativity to the table.

Using a high-energy, savvy approach that engages audiences right from the start, Simon is a consummate, unflappable professional, without compromising on the fun.


We were very happy with how the conference went and your work was great in keeping them all pumped over 2 days. Everyone enjoyed your session and found it valuable. Feedback shows it was the best conference they had attended. Thank you so much I hope we can work together again soon.
- Practice Manager, Hayes Knight (SA)

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for work at the conference last week, the day was excellent and the feedback we are receiving about you and the overall day is the best ever! I think you were a great addition both years, you kept the exercises different each time which certainly helped and I think staff were all really happy, particularly the way you managed the event.
- Manager Marketing and Media, Marketing and Sales QLD TAFE

I just wanted to say thank you for all of the work you did – before and during the CEO Forum. Simon, you made the day loads of fun for everyone. I am looking forward to finding more wonderful ways we can use your talents going forwards.
- Internal Communications Specialist, Lumo Energy

The feedback has been nothing short of fantastic. Again thanks Simon for pulling off what will be a memorable night and of course now the bar for next year’s conference is set very high. Great job and really enjoyed working with you
- General Manager Small Business Programs & Services, Telstra

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.
- Australian Wholesale Marketing Manager, Flight Centre Travel Group

I would like to thank you for your role as facilitator and MC at the Department of Transport and Main Roads DG Customer Led Innovation Challenge. Your role was integral to making the day a success and was greatly appreciated by myself and all the participants.
- Director General, QLD Department of Main Roads

We called on Simon to help us with an internal event we held recently. From the outset he was brilliant, from thoroughly understanding our needs through to fulfilling his role as MC. Simon was able to engage the audience, inject energy and keep everyone entertained. The feedback from attendees was exceptional and left the crowd wanting more.
-Agile Coach - Digital, Commonwealth Bank

Simon supported me in a bid for new work. His creative skills and imagination helped us communicate our proposition in a highly effective way and I believe this helped differentiate us from our competition. He was very professional, organised and flexible which helped us meet a very tight deadline. I look forward to working with him again soon.
- Executive Director, Ernst and Young

I tasked Simon with the job of MC and session facilitator at a national conference for accountants - Not the easiest of audiences, yet Simon’s unharnessed energy ensured the room remained engaged for the entire 3 days. Simon’s is fun, dynamic and forces the listener to move outside their comfort zone (in the right way). I have had the pleasure of working with Simon on numerous occasions and would personally recommend him to anyone seeking a speaker with a difference.
-Practice Manager, Hayes Knight (SA)

Simon facilitated our inaugural innovation event in September 2016 in Melbourne, where over a dozen teams participated. He brought great energy to the session, engaged the teams very well, coached us along the way, and made the event fun. Simon is a great presenter and facilitator and I would recommend him for other organisations looking to run innovation sessions, hackathons, or similar events.
-Head of Insights, eNett

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