Simon has a degree in Law from the University of Leeds and over 30 years experience in the banking and finance sectors, initially in fund management and Private Banking for Merrill Lynch, later for Midland Montagu Group. For the last 25 years he has raised funds for early stage businesses and public listings in the UK, Europe and the USA from micro to over £1 billion in equity and debt for individual transactions. He was responsible for listing several companies in London, Frankfurt and on the Nasdaq in the United States.
Simon has been involved with multiple start-ups and has served on a variety of boards of international companies across a wide range of sectors including: banking; telecoms; property development; metals and mining; media and technology.
As a keen outdoorsman and local government representative since 2008, Simon is very much aware of the challenges rural communities are facing as a result of global warming and the need for sustainable solutions for the environment.