Simon Redfern

VP corporate affairs

Starbucks EMEA

Simon joined Starbucks in April 2013 and his corporate affairs brief covers media and stakeholder relations as well as internal communications. At Starbucks, Simon initiated Headstart with Starbucks, a pioneering youth programme in partnership with The Challenge; partnered with Shelter to offer Starbucks partners the benefit of the Home Sweet Loan Rental Deposit Scheme and with Neighbourly.com to support Starbucks local community projects.

He has long experience in delivering senior strategic corporate communications and political advice to high profile organisations including Eurostar, Camelot, Virgin Trains, JP Morgan, Barclaycard, Hewlett Packard, EDF Energy and ASDA Walmart. 

He began his career in agency, specialising in public affairs at Connect Communications before expanding into corporate communications at Fishburn Hedges and Pagefield.

He was named Public Affairs News ‘Consultant of the Year’ in 2012, has an MSc in Politics from Birkbeck College; a Doctor Who fixation and a love of karaoke. He lives in East London with his partner, two kids, a dog and a cat.