Simon is a journalist and academic who has written research articles on sports journalism and professionalism. Simon is currently registered for a PhD by Publication, which is due for completion in November 2019.
Simon lectures across BA (Hons) Sport Journalism, BA (Hons) Journalism, and BA (Hons) Sports Studies courses. Simon also has a close working relationship with Sky Sports News where he devises and delivers a 20-session CPD programme to industry professionals on improving their journalistic knowledge and skills. Simon writes national examination papers on sports journalism for the industry training body, the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
Simon has a professional background in both national and local newspapers. He was a sports journalist with The Sun for nine years before joining the University of Brighton. He has been deputy sports editor of the Colchester Evening Gazette where he covered Colchester United and Ipswich Town and started out as a news reporter with the Braintree and Witham Times and Maldon and Burnham Standard in Essex. He has also contributed sports reports to the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and the Press Association. Simon is a fully professionally qualified journalist as he holds both the National Certificate qualification for senior newspaper journalists and the NCTJ pre-entry certificate, including 100 words per minute shorthand.
Simon was awarded a distinction in Master's of Arts and Cultural Research (MRes) at the University of Brighton and an upper second class degree in BA Hons English Literature from the University of Sheffield.