Simon has been a Research Manager and Administrator for over twenty years. Prior to that he spent four years as a computer science researcher and three years running a small software company.
He is the Director of Research Services at the University of Kent, where he is responsible for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance.
He is Chair of CASRAI the international Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information, and a member of the CASRIA-UK Steering Committee. He is the immediate past chair of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (UK) and has previously served for twelve years in various other ARMA Board positions. He is passionate about the development of Research Management and Administration as a profession in the UK.
Simon has served on a number of national committees, project boards and working groups, including for Research Councils UK, HEFCE, Universities UK, Jisc, and Vitae on topics such as grant management systems, research development, research assessment, open access, and research information management. He has also held a number of Jisc funded projects in the areas of research information and data management and has spoken on these and many other RMA related subjects, for various sector bodies and events including ARMA, AMRC, AUA, BUFDG, CASRAI, EARMA, EuroCRIS, INORMS, Jisc, Million+, ModernGov, NCURA, RCUK, RSP, SRA, UKCGE, and Vitae.
Previously, he worked at the University of Sunderland (1994-2012) as an EU funded researcher and then as an RMA (he was also the principal investigator on an EU ESPRIT project); Durham University (1990-1994) as a SERC/DTI and EU funded researcher; and for Pixel Ltd (1987-1990) an SME software consultancy as company director. He has a BSc(Hons) in Computing/Maths/Geology and a DProf in Electronic Research Administration.