Simon has worked for several years as a tour leader: initially this was in his home city of London, and later on the battlefields of the First World War’s Western Front and the D-Day landing beaches. His aim is always to tie together the broad sweep of history with the individual stories of the men and women who lived through it, and he particularly enjoys helping visitors to connect with the experiences of any ancestors who served in the World Wars. As well as the many powerful cemeteries and memorials, Simon always tries to focus on the battlefields themselves which have their own story to tell.
Simon is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and worked for several years as a senior civil servant for the UK government, before working as a tour leader. He is an associate member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides, and is studying for a PhD in World War One history at the University of Wolverhampton. He lives in south London, and after 20 years residing in the city is still hoping that one day he will be accepted as a proper Londoner!