Simon graduated from the University of Kent in 1997 with a Law Degree.
He spent his early years working as a Solicitor in London. After a chance encounter in 2002,
Simon fell into the world of nightclub promoting, spending five years organising parties for some of the biggest celebrities and sports personalties in the world.
In 2007, Simon left the promotional business that he helped build. He then spent the next thirteen years building three businesses with his passion for sport at the heart of each of them.
Simon set up his first talent agency in 2007. This was acquired by ROAR Global in 2011. Simon has worked as a talent agent for nearly 15 years.
In that time he has represented some of the biggest names in British sport and broadcasting including Chris Kamara, Vinnie Jones, Jimmy Bullard, Roy Carroll, John Barnes, Nick Easter, Ronan O'Gara, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Jamie Peacock and Martin Offiah to name a few.
In this time Simon has negotiated numerous playing contracts, brand endorsement deals, broadcasting contracts and IP deals.
In 2015, Simon launched Simon Dent Management Limited, which is run by his wife Lucy. The duo manage Chris Kamara, Martin Offiah and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Simon founded Dark Horses with the founders of Lucky Generals in the summer of 2016. They have built the agency up to one of the most reputable creative agencies in the world.
The Farringdon-based creative agency now employs 40 people and works with brands such as Nissan, Peloton, The LTA, Gazprom and Just Eat.
In 2018, ADWEEK Magazine voted Dark Horses the 5th Fastest Growing Agency in the World. At the BT Sports Industry Awards 2019 and 2020 the agency was shortlisted for Young Agency of the Year.
In the summer of 2020, Simon took a step back from the day-to-day running of the agency but remains a shareholder and non-executive director.
BRITISH SPORTS MUSEUM
In 2007, Simon founded the SJ Dent & Co memorabilia business.
The company had a shop in London's Covent Garden for two years. In 2010, the business was acquired by British Sports Museum. Simon now sits on the board and is a shareholder.
British Sports Museum supplies some of the most unique and sought-after pieces of sporting memorabilia in the world, working with legends from all fields of sport to produce unique and limited edition items of Memorabilia. They specialise in raising funds for charities through their Silent Auction service and can also arrange corporate and hospitality events with sporting legends.
PRESS & PODCASTS
I’ve worked with Simon across a number of projects and he brings a unique blend of deep sporting knowledge and strong commercial acumen.
Outside of those projects, Simon is generous with his time and is always happy to give counsel on a range of subjects which I’ve always found invaluable. On top of all that he has
excellent taste in his choice of football club!
Matt Bushby, UK Marketing Director, Just Eat
I've worked with Simon for over four years now and love the culture that he has created at Dark Horses. His energy is infectious and the team at FUSE always enjoy working with him and the Dark Horses team.
Simon created an agency that made an instant impact on the sport industry, picking up big clients and challenging the accepted ways of working from the outset. Dark Horses is now established as a major player in the sector and continuing to excel on many levels.
As an individual, Simon brings an impressive entrepreneurial mind balanced with a real interest and care for those around him. A genuine good guy and a pleasure to work with.