Simon works with researchers to promote the net-zero research strengths of the University to a variety of external stakeholders, including policy makers, industry, funders and the public. He also helps to raise the internal profile of Leeds’ net-zero research, to help foster new collaborations and interdisciplinary research.
Before joining the Priestley Centre team, Simon worked in the University of Leeds press office for three years, promoting research from the biological sciences, medicine and health. He creates compelling media and social media content to engage journalists and the public in the research being conducted at Leeds.
Simon is a passionate environmental activist who has supported campaigns such as Extinction Rebellion, the youth climate strikes, and local groups such as Our Future Leeds.
He is an occasional contributor to the podcast Climactic, and previously hosted a science radio show and live streams for the University, interviewing academics about their work.
Simon studied Biology at the University of Leeds, followed by a masters in science communication at the University of Cambridge. He has worked in communications for an environmental charity based in Thailand, as well as at the Science Media Centre in London. He also served as a member of the STEMPRA committee from 2019-2020, which supports science press officers around the UK.
Simon joined the University of Leeds in February 2017.
Simon welcomes enquiries from colleagues interested in promoting climate research at Leeds, and from external organisations interested in accessing our expertise.