Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 with Levy Gee (now part of RSM), and subsequently spent time in the corporate finance teams at BDO and Ernst & Young, advising public and private clients on a wide variety of UK and international transactions including fund raising, IPO and exit.
In 2007, Simon joined Dowgate Capital Advisers, a small-cap corporate finance boutique which specialised in AIM. In 2009, he became one of the four founding partners and AIM qualified executives of Cairn Financial Advisers, which is now one of the largest advisory firms in AIM by number of clients. He left Cairn in 2012.
He is also one of the two founders, and until 2015 was CFO/COO, of an innovative payments start-up, WeSwap, where, as well as strategic and general leadership, he held specific responsibility for finance, operations, customer service, compliance and fraud/risk management.
He joined Destiny Pharma, a biotech company focused on developing innovative antimicrobial drugs, as CFO in 2015. He prepared Destiny for, and executed its AIM IPO, which raised £18m in September 2017. He left Destiny in September 2018 to join Level Global.
Simon also has experience of debt capital markets and has served as non-executive director to public and private companies, and as a charity trustee. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an MA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford (Balliol College).