What’s the story?

How quickly can you engage and inspire someone?

A twenty second elevator pitch? What about three minutes? Or twenty…?

The Big Pitcher is here to help you do that. It’s not just about making beautiful PowerPoint presentations. We work with you to discover better ways to communicate who you are, why you are what you are and how you plan to change the world.

We like to collaborate with people who value the opportunity to rediscover themselves, redefine their organisation and really want to make a positive impact.


Steve Simmonds

making it easier to connect

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

With more than 30 years in user experience design, business development and training in industries ranging from digital, nutrition, music, outdoor advertising to perfume, Steve’s clients include giants and minnows in media, publishing, third sector, retail, education and finance. After watching more keynotes than you could shake a stick at – he’s learnt a trick or two when it comes to developing ideas and stories.

He decided to set up The Big Pitcher after a particularly exruciating death-by-PowerPoint presentation by a senior director of one of the UK’s largest food companies. “I took it upon myself to make the world a more engaging, inspiring and purposeful place… one presentation at a time.”

A graduate of Philosophy & Management and a T’ai Chi practitioner for more than half his life, Steve loves to discover different ways of seeing things. His naturally balanced approach is tempered with a passion for craft beer, fine food, touch rugby and the occasional urge to cause a bit of mischief.

Writer in residence

Tamsin Grey

“Everything and everyone has a story in them – it’s just a matter of teasing it out.”

Tamsin is a published novelist, all-round wordsmith and lover of the bizarre.

As well as working as a cucumber picker she has a colourful history as a copywriter, yoga teacher, oral historian, and speechwriter to a secretary of state.


what our clients have said

James KenrickRM Curtis LogoDefra logoEast African Playgrounds LogoCotton Tree Trust Logo
We had been struggling with our external comms for several years. Steve took time to understand our specific needs, spoke to us in language we understood and provided us with critical insights and tailored advice that enabled us to hone our communications on our key markets. Expert, approachable, efficient – and very reasonable!”
James Kenrick
CEO Youth Access
Thanks again for you help with the presentation - looks great... really good. Lots of positive stuff and opportunities have come out of it. And thanks again for your excellent work on the Christmas sales presentation. Went down well - including the final comedy news slide!
Peter Felix
Commercial Director RM Curtis
You've made many of our presentations so much more.... presentable. Showing us where to remove superfluous detail and bringing colour, dynamism and flow to the decks has made the world of difference to our meetings.
Tamsin Growney
Dept of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Working with Steve was revolutionary - he helped us step back from our old methods and review the presentation from start to finish. With a complete restructure of our deck, we were able to be much more coherent, much slicker and ultimately more successful. We couldn't recommend anyone more.
Andy King
East African Playgrounds
You were great in showing us how to use Powerpoint effectively, in preparing the slides and in helping us structure the presentation to best effect.
Michael Mark
Cotton Tree Trust