Following university, Simon went into finance having a 30 year career working for HSBC, Svenska Handelsbanken, being a partner of his own structured finance advisory business, a Managing Director in Fixed Income at Citigroup Global Markets and then spent some years in private equity. Simon has an expertise in infrastructure finance, having worked extensively on the £16 billion take-private of the airport operator BAA (Heathrow airport) in 2006 and leading the refinancing of it in 2008; which concluded just before the Global Financial Crisis. Simon went into local government in 2007, becoming elected Lead Member for Finance and then Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) between 2007 and his stepping down in 2019 (following four successful election campaigns). During his time as Leader of RBWM, Simon was instrumental in advancing their Borough Local Plan and establishing two joint ventures with Countryside Properties and Cala Homes as part of the regeneration of Maidenhead town centre. Simon became a non-executive director of Homes England in 2017, becoming Senior Independent Director and then Interim Chair between the Summer 2019 and the Autumn of 2020. Simon has founded two free schools; one a state boarding school called Holyport College which he founded with Eton College and another called Forest Bridge School which is a special free school for children on the autistic spectrum. Simon’s approaching five years on the Board of Homes England came to an end in October 2021. In September 2021, Simon became Chair of Square Roots Registeted Provider Limited, a new London focussed affordable housing provider and subsidiary of the London based housebuilder London Square. Simon enjoys to relax by keeping fit, cycling, golf, skiing, walking and fishing.