Simon has over ten years’ experience supporting community and co-operative enterprise to start and grow, particularly focusing on their financing through community shares.

He is currently an independent consultant, having held senior posts at Co-operatives UK where he leads on the design and delivery of co-operative support programmes such as the Community Shares Unit and Booster Programme. Simon has been a board member of Friends of Stretford Public Hall since 2015 and led the hall’s community share offer in 2017, which raised over £250k from 800 members to fund essential building renovations. He is also a trustee at the Finance Innovation Lab – a charity that campaigns for a fairer financial system.