Simon is Director of The Centre for Welfare Reform. In addition he is Chair of the Housing & Support Alliance and policy advisor to the Campaign for a Fair Society. Simon is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham's Health Service Management Centre.
Simon is a philosopher and social innovator who works to improve the welfare system. He is a regular public speaker and government policy advisor, both nationally and internationally. His awards include the RSA's Prince Albert Medal and the SPA Award for outstanding contribution to social policy.
His interest began in this field after university when he worked for the NHS as a General Management trainee. He went on to found Inclusion Glasgow in 1996, and following on from this, set up many new organisations in Scotland including Partners for Inclusion and Altrum. In 1999 he developed self-directed support in North Lanarkshire. In 2003 he led the development of individual budgets and self-directed support in England.
Simon has a doctorate in moral philosophy and writes on moral and political philosophy, the welfare state, citizenship, social justice and inclusion. Key publications include Unlocking the Imagination (1996), Keys to Citizenship (2003) Women at the Centre (2011) A Fair Income (2011) and Peer Power (2012) and The Unmaking of Man (2013).