Heritage Project Officer Co-ordinator
Simon has spent much of the past 20 years working on questions of sustainability in farming and trade, especially cotton and textiles. Much of this has been in Africa, South America, and Asia. Simon has worked with NGOs, brands and governments to support sustainability efforts. He has also worked directly with rural communities including promoting organic cotton, community development, access to markets and researching the impacts of pesticide and insecticide use on human health and the environment in Africa. Simon has written extensively on sustainability, including a book, numerous reports, and a regular magazine column.
Simon is skilled in writing, organising workshops, public speaking and research. He received his MSc in Education for Sustainability from Southbank University, London.
Simon is also a part time Co-op Member Pioneer, helping support local causes in Derby. He is a member of the RITE (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment) group steering committee as well as the Soil Association Textile and Trade group. He is also Chair of European Movement Derbyshire. Previously, Simon has worked in community development, and music in London after several years as a professional chef and part-time radio DJ in France. Simon’s working life began as a farm labourer, including on organic farms in the early 1980s.
Simon is a keen reader, cook, gardener, musician and full time parent.