Simon is Executive Director of the High Streets Task Force, Co-Chair of the Institute of Place Management, and Professorial Fellow in Place Management Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University.
With a background in economic development, he was co-author of the influential Vital and Viable Town Centres: Meeting the Challenge (1994) report for the UK Government. He worked as a Town Centre Manager for ten years, in Romford and then Reading, where he was instrumental in its recognition by Government with Beacon Council status for Town Centre Regeneration. He was Chief Executive of ATCM (then the Association of Town Centre Management) from 2004-2010. He is a former Board Member of the Washington DC-based International Downtown Association and of Town Centre Management Europe.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Senior Fellow of IPM, Practitioner Editor of the Journal of Place Management and Development and a member of the Welsh Government’s Ministerial Town Centre Action Group.