Chair, UKBAA; Partner, BGF Ventures
Simon Calver was born the son of a grocer in Gloucester, so grew up in the family business. He started off having a career in large blue chip companies. However, he has also led early stage businesses and was CEO of LOVEFiLM, the online DVD and Digital Entertainment Company, which he led for seven years from post VC-backed startup to the ultimate sale to Amazon Inc in 2011. In 2010 he was a finalist of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has completed a book on his experiences at LOVEFiLM.
He previously worked in brands and marketing with Unilever and PepsiCo, in charge of the UK business launching Pepsi Max, Pepsi Blue and the development of the Pepsi Music activity. At PepsiCo he also moved to the US as VP Sales Operations managing worldwide franchise partners and best practice sharing.
After Pepsi he was GM and VP for Dell Home and Small Business operations based in Ireland and also COO and President of Riverdeep Inc., the interactive digital education company.
From 2012 to 2014 Simon Calver was Chief Executive Officer of Mothercare plc leading their transformation and growth turnaround plan. From July this year Simon will become a partner launching a new £200m ventures fund with the BGF to support technology entrepreneurs across the UK. He is currently Chairman of Moo.com, an online printing and design company, and Chairman of Chemist Direct.co.uk the UK’s largest online pharmacy. He also advises/invests in technology/e-commerce businesses in the UK and is a speaker on business change, the digital revolution and leadership.
Simon lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife Cathy, and Monty and Nieve, their children.