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Simon Balderstone AM

Simon Balderstone AM

Simon is the Founding Director of Ways and Means Consultancy – a consultancy on events, bids, issues management, sustainability and Indigenous programs. He was the Founding Chairman (2002-2023) , and is a Founding Director (2002-) of the Australian Himalayan Foundation and was a member of the successful First Australian Mt. Everest Expedition 1984.
His career has seen him be a journalist; author; trek guide; Ministerial and Prime Ministerial Senior Adviser, through to Board member (1993-5) and a General Manager at SOCOG (1995-2000); as well as Senior Adviser and Executive Editor/Writer for the successful Tokyo Bid for the 2020 (now 2021) Olympic Games. Also,

  • Board Member and Scholar Mentor, ITNewcom Foundation (2013-2019)
  • Member, IOC Evaluation Commissions for the Olympic Games of 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018
  • Strategic Advisor, Media co-ordinator , Garma Festival/Yothu Yindi Foundation(2001-2010)
  • Senior Adviser (Environment, Indigenous Affairs, Sport) to Prime Ministers Hawke and Keating (1990-95), and Senior Adviser to Environment and Sports Minister (1987-90)
  • Winner, UN Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement 2001, for Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Environment program
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) Adviser (2001-2011), including for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and Athens 2004 Games; Advisor to Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committees
  • Board Director, Clean Up Australia (1995- 2003)