Foundation Secretary (COO) of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation since April 2011, a small group of schools educating around 2,400 pupils, employing c600 staff, with an annual turnover of £34m. The role incorporates all aspects of business/charity strategy and governance, as well as operational oversight of shared services provision for the four schools within the Foundation.

The grounding for this was gained in two other independent schools from 2002 to 2011, delivering change management following the withdrawal of central Government funding at the turn of the century. This was preceded by eight years financial grounding in companies ranging from a plc to large and medium sized family owned businesses. Before pursuing a financial career, my work had been in the construction industry, initially in junior engineering and administration roles, before managing small building projects for the retail sector.

Simon has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) since 2005.