Simon was a cellist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) 1996-2005. During this time he undertook a large amount of Education work and in 2000 joined the Board of Directors, becoming Chairman 2001- 2005.
Simon left the LPO to become Administrative Director of Music in the Round, Sheffield and launched Ensemble 360, the chamber group resident there.
As a freelance arts administrator 2006-8 Simon programmed the Sheffield International Concert Series, worked for Arts Council England, Yorkshire as Orchestral Development Co-ordinator and managed the Dante String Quartet.
Following a fellowship on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme 2007-8 Simon was appointed Director of Orchestral Management for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in August 2008.
Married to Shelagh with three young children, Simon is a keen gardener and fly fisherman and still occasionally plays the cello.