Simon is a Senior Innovation Fellow at the University of Oxford in a jointly funded post with the Satellite Applications Catapult. He works across two of the Divisions of the University (Maths, Physical and Life Sciences and Social Sciences) with a focus on the translation of environmental science and data into applications for business and government. This involves bringing together researchers with businesses and the Catapult to develop new collaborations, projects and initiatives.
His previous role was Head of Innovation for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), engaging businesses in the translation of research in relation to sustainable agriculture, natural resources (oil & gas, minerals etc.), risk management (including insurance and other sectors), infrastructure and “big data” (including the Environmental Science to Services Partnership (ESSP) with the Met Office, Ordnance Survey, Environment Agency and Defra).
He also developed strategic partnerships with leading businesses and government departments and worked closely with Research Councils, Innovate UK, Defra, the UK Met Office and others to develop activities and programmes. During his time at NERC, Simon led the spin-out of International Geoscience Services Ltd. from the British Geological Survey and IXO Therapeutics Ltd. from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.