Simon is a scientist by training, studying plant and animal biology as an undergraduate and plant eco-physiology as a post graduate at Newcastle University. He spent his early career working for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust in practical conservation before moving on to fundraising in a warm office! Simon has since worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Natural History Museum focusing on fundraising for capital projects such as the Millennium Seed Bank Project and the Darwin Centre before becoming the Director of Development at The Eden Project, in Cornwall.
Simon’s final ‘ in charity’ role was working for UNICEF, the world’s biggest children’s charity, managing high value fundraising and special projects including UNICEF’s partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Since late 2014, Simon has been a fundraising consultant working with charities large and small in the UK and overseas on developing their fundraising plans in an increasingly competitive and complex environment.
Simon is passionate about the environment and conservation. Like many, he became interested in Durrell’s work through reading Gerry’s books as a teenager and went on to study the organisation’s work on Round Island as part of his university dissertation. While not on the same scale as Jersey, Simon has his own mini ‘zoo’ at home thanks to his partner’s particular interest in dart frogs and stick insects!