Simon has been a research manager and administrator for over 25 years, the past eight leading the research office at Kent where he is responsible for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance.
He has a passion for research management and administration (RMA) as a profession and leads the INORMS (International Network of Research Management Societies) RAAAP (Research Administration as a Profession) Task Force that is collecting longitudinal data about the profession. Simon is an EARMA (European Association of Research Managers and Administrators) Board member and chair of the Awards Committee. Previously he was on the ARMA (the UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators) Board for 15 years, and is the immediate past chair. He is also a member of the NCURA (US National Council of University Research Administrators) Select Committee on Global Affairs (SCGA), and is a Professional Development track chair for the SRAi (US Society of Research Administrators, International) 2020 conference in Boston. Simon is also an expert advisor to the EU funded foRMAtion project.
He has presented, trained, and consulted widely on many aspects of RMA around the world including in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. Simon holds a holds a professional doctorate in Electronic Research Administration, is an adjunct lecturer on the Johns Hopkins University international masters’ program in Research Administration, and an editor of the Journal of Research Management and Administration.