Simon is Joint Head of CGI Board Evaluation, with which he has been involved since 2003. He is also a governance consultant and trainer. Simon is a Fellow of the global Chartered Governance Institute (‘CGI’), having qualified first as a solicitor. He is a former CEO of the CGI division for the UK and Ireland. He worked as in-house counsel for 30 years in the British railway industry; latterly as company secretary and general counsel, and then as a main board executive director, of the former Railtrack Group PLC.
Simon is an Executive Fellow with the London Business School Leadership Institute and a member of, and adviser to, the International Corporate Governance Network. In 2019/2020, he served as Principal Adviser to the Astana International Financial Centre to develop the AIFC Corporate Governance Principles and Guidance.
He is a vice-president (formerly a board member and deputy chair) of a Royal Charter charity, the Railway Benefit Fund. He was an NED for several years of a boutique media and events company. He has served as a member of the audit committee of The Law Society of England and Wales; the audit committee of a major City of London law firm; the Committee of Inquiry into UK Vote Execution; the former authority for the British Transport Police Force; and the statutory Railway Heritage Committee.