Simon Hew Dalrymple Fanshawe OBE (born 26 December 1956, in Devizes, England) is a writer and broadcaster. He contributes frequently to British newspapers, TV and radio. He is also now a consultant and non-executive director of public and private organisations.
Fanshawe was educated at two boarding independent schools: at Chafyn Grove School in the cathedral city of Salisbury in Wiltshire, and Marlborough College in the market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire, followed by the University of Sussex a few miles from the city of Brighton, where he studied law.
Since then, Fanshawe has been a very frequent contributor on a variety of subjects from arts to politics in newspapers and on many BBC radio and TV programmes. His BBC Radio 4 profile light-heartedly describes him as a "media tart".
Fanshawe has also been involved in many community and campaigning groups and public bodies - often as a board member. He led the successful campaign to make Brighton and Hove a city in 2000. He was a founding member of Stonewall. He was the chairman of the board for the Brighton Festival Fringe and is on the board of the Edinburgh Fringe. He founded and chaired the economic strategy body of his home town, The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership. He was chairman of Brighton & Hove Local Radio Ltd from 1996 to 2000, when the company was acquired by Forever Broadcasting.
Fanshawe studied law at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and is now chair of the university's governing council, for which he was appointed OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to higher education.
In 2007, Fanshawe presented the first programme in the BBC's Building Britain series, concentrating his attentions the key role of developers in making cities over the last two centuries.
Fanshawe has contributed articles to the following publications:
Fanshawe has been a presenter or contributor on the following radio programs: