Simon Flanagan

Chief Operating Officer, Director’s Office


As Chief Operating Officer (COO) Simon works with the Director and Chief Executive in leading Chatham House with a particular focus on commercial and operational activity. He also became managing director for risk, ethics and resilience in 2024.

He has worked extensively in commercial and charitable organizations across the globe including charities, multinationals and SMEs. Most recently he was COO of the charity GambleAware, leading all operational, financial and fundraising activity for the leading independent charity.

Simon started his career working in the commercial events sector delivering projects across the globe including Top Gear Live in South Africa, a series of Taste of Restaurant festivals in 26 countries, and Big Feastival in the UK.

Simon then moved into leadership and delivery in the charity sector, working for Nesta leading operations and delivering a major property project; for the Institution of Structural Engineers as COO; and most recently for GambleAware as COO.

Simon has a degree in physics from the University of Durham