Simon is currently the Executive Director of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust which owns Paignton and Newquay zoos, the Living Coasts exhibit in Torquay, and three nature reserves in Devon. He graduated in Zoology from the University of Bristol in 1980 and his subsequent career included Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, where he was a herpetologist, and the Zoological Society of London.
His career also includes two years training as an accountant, which left him sadder but much wiser. He is also a Board member of conservation charities in southern Africa and the UK. Simon has Chaired both the British and Irish and European Associations of Zoos and Aquariums. Simon is a serious birder and interested in all aspects of natural history and conservation.