Simon D’Arcy is an executive coach, consultant and leadership mentor with over 20 years of experience assisting leaders and companies on six continents. His work focuses on helping leaders become highly effective culture builders for their teams and companies. Recent clients include Tile, 8i, Slack, Dropbox, Yahoo!, and Genentech.

Simon is the founder and curator of www.culture-builder.com  - a resource for leaders curious about the latest inspiration and insight on culture building. He is also the author of the forthcoming Culture Builders Manifesto.

He began his consulting and coaching career in 1995 at Malandro Communications, where he worked with leadership teams inside Fortune 1000 companies to change their culture from a command and control environment to a high-performance culture based on partnership, trust and 100% accountability. Clients included Rohm & Haas, Zurich NA, Sun Microsystems, Farm Credit Canada, and IRI.

As a Culture-Building Consultant, Simon helps business leaders design and create more conscious and high-performing cultures that enable greater purpose and better results.  As an Executive Coach, he help leaders reveal their blind spots, discover their genius and lead from their biggest, brightest self. As a Social Artist, he designs and facilitates group experiences for leadership teams, companies and communities that invite deeper authenticity and connection.

Simon is a voracious learner, with a B.A. in economics from U.C.S.B, and extensive training and multiple certifications in the field group dynamics and human systems including in mediation, N.L.P and relational leadership. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife Tamra Rutherford, where his passion for culture-building inspired him to co-found an intentional community almost 20 years ago that is still thriving, and a model for similar communities across the country.


I could go on at length on the impact of the last couple days with you. But I’m a man of few chosen words so I won’t, and rather limit myself to say this: Thank you for re-opening some doors I had closed for myself. I am sure you can read enough in-between the lines to get the profound impact you had on me in such a short time.
— Director, Social Media Company, Sunnyvale
Thank you, Simon, for being a gift to our leadership team! It was a brilliant day! Your openness, genuine spirit, and reflective facilitation made it work for everyone.
— Executive Director, Santa Barbara, CA