Simon has lived and worked in Africa and the Middle East since 1983, with postings to the West Bank & Gaza, Eritrea (where he was the Honorary British Consul), Ethiopia, Lesotho and Sudan. For the past 18 years he has lived in Ghana.
Simon leads a team at Sightsavers working on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In Africa, Sightsavers supported 152 million treatments for NTDs in 2016 and will, with our partners, celebrate a cumulative one billionth supported treatments in 2017.
Simon was appointed a trustee of RSTMH in 2014 and came with skills in advocacy and policy development, as well as a network of links to the non-governmental sector. He currently chairs RSTMH's new Policy and Advocacy Committee.
He has chaired the Non-Governmental Development Organisation (NGDO) Coordination Group for Onchocerciasis Control and is a past chair of the NTD NGDO Network, an organisation that brings together NGDO partners who work on NTD programmes.
Simon left university in 1983, where he had studied African politics and history, and went to teach in Sudan at higher secondary schools after which took up an appointment at the Ministry of Education in Khartoum and the Sudanese Embassy in London managing a teacher recruitment programme. During his time in Sudan he was also ‘the voice’ of Sudan Airways, a Sudan TV newsreader and a regular contributor to Sudan’s English language news magazine, ‘Sudannow’.
He is a former Honorary Secretary of the Sudan Studies Society of the UK. Simon has a BA (Hons) in African Politics and History, a MSc in Development Management from the Open University. He is a member of the Royal African Society and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.