About Us

Hi, I’m Simon Thomas, the founder of Optimus Team Learning based in North Yorkshire (UK), and I’d like to welcome you to my website.


In 2014 I created this training business in response to a key challenge facing organisations today. Teams are having to be formed, re-shaped and dismantled at a very fast rate. People within these teams no longer have 12-18 months to become proficient in their roles and to build strong working relationships. Organisations need :

  1. People who can build effective relationships with team members quickly
  2. Individuals and teams who are more resilient to change, able to be productive in a changing workplace
  3. Wellbeing culture that supports employees to be at their brilliant best


This is where Optimus Team Learning adds value for its customers. We work with your people and teams to improve their self-awareness, build strong team relationships, and improve productivity and performance. We also work with organisations to improve workplace wellbeing, so that employees can be more productive and effective.


Healthy workers are three times more effective at work than unhealthy workers

(‘The Health of Australia’s Workforce’, 2005)


Our passion is helping individuals to grow through the power of their team…..


Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” (Patrick Lencioni, ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’, 2002)


Wherever you’re based in the world, please do get in touch – we would love to hear about the aspirations and challenges you have for your organisation, and help you to address them. We partner with a selected team of expert Associates to offer global reach and sector experience.






Best regards,



Simon first joined the retail sector in 1995, building his early experience within Operations for Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Christian Salvesen Logistics. In 1998 Simon joined the Asda Supply Chain and led numerous teams across Food and General Merchandise to deliver world-class availability for customers. From the buzz of successfully recruiting, leading and growing his people, he discovered his passion for training and became an Asda Skills Development Tutor in 2010. Simon moved into Senior Projects and Store Format Development roles in 2011, and continued to shape and deliver game-changing L&D programmes across Asda. He qualified with a Certificate in Human Resource Development From the CIPD (Level 7) in 2013 and continues to love his vocation.


Simon’s qualifications cover Learning & Development, Hypnotherapy, NLP, Stress Management, Mental Health First Aid, Coaching, Lumina Practitioner, Heartstyles Practitioner, British Cycling Ride Leader & First Aid. DBS Checked.

BSc (Hons). DHypPsych. CIPD, ISMA, CertSM, CMI


Simon has three core values:

1) 100% energy, experience and enthusiasm goes into every single learning & wellbeing experience

2) Always make the biggest possible difference for the customer

3) Learning & wellbeing should always be an uplifting and memorable experience, inspiring a change


Let’s LinkIn: Simon Thomas – LinkedIn