Simon runs Science City’s business engagement and support programmes. This involves delivering events such as First Friday and access to finance workshops, alongside programmes focused on innovation, fundraising, graduate enterprise, intellectual property and internationalisation.
After studying chemistry at university, Simon worked for Procter & Gamble, managing global formulation and polymer chemistry projects. Following a period based in China, he returned to the UK to study for an MBA and went on to set up new start businesses in aviation and digital technology. In the more recent past, Simon has focused on bringing some of this experience to bear in supporting new start and growing businesses across various sectors, predominantly in the North East of England.