Simon is currently a data and engagement lead working for the Improvement Service, a company that work alongside Scottish local government on improving their public services. His main role is engaging with the local government data community to persuade them to make their data more available and usable to the rest of the data community. He helps manage the Spatial Hub, which creates and publishes national datasets from all of the varying data that exists across local government.
Previously, Simon worked in UK government, firstly, for Defra. He began as a Spatial data analyst working on animal health preparedness and was the lead geographer dealing with outbreaks of bird flu, foot and mouth and blue tongue between 2005 and 2012. He then worked as an engagement lead for data standards around the EU INSPIRE Directive.
He was then promoted to the Dept for Communities and Local Government as their Strategic Geographer, which involved training economists, social researchers and statisticians how to make better use of geospatial data and capability.
Simon also sits on the Association for Geographic Information- Scotland committee and helps run their annual conference.