At Schmidt Science Fellows, Simon is responsible for planning and implementation of the Global Meeting Series and the nomination, academic review, and selection processes. Simon has operational oversight of program budgets.
Simon holds a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology and has a broad range of post-doctoral research experience in the natural sciences, working on research projects investigating transgene regulation mechanisms, biochemistry, population genetics, and virology.
Before joining Schmidt Science Fellows, he was Head of Grants and International Programmes at Rothamsted Research, where was responsible for the funding, design and management of a £2M portfolio of international collaborative research activities; encompassing commissioned research, early-career researcher training & mobility and impact acceleration activities across a range of STEM disciplines. This included establishing cross-disciplinary programmes in Brazil, China and East Africa as well as developing further initiatives to facilitate researcher engagement with international partners across the EU, India, Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Nepal, Uruguay and the Philippines.
As head of the Grants Office, he was also responsible for the identification and evaluation of opportunities for competitive research funding as well as the provision of technical and editorial support to research teams applying for funding – including mentoring and training early-mid career researchers.