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Simon commenced his career in the NHS as a Biochemist before joining the NHS General Management Training scheme. He then worked in a GP fundholding practice, then a Health Authority (contracting and then Public Health). Simon until recently was a Chief Officer of a CCG in Greater Manchester.  He was the Greater Manchester (GM) CCG lead on Estates, and GM CCG lead on Elective Care.  

He has previously been Chief Executive of an independent mental health services provider and prior to this was a Healthcare Consultant, a Regional Manager and an NHS Business Unit Manager in the pharmaceutical Industry (Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Ivax respectively). He has written and had published books on Strategic Planning, Brain training and Managing Public Services and he organises each year, a Children’s Support Holiday for type 1 diabetic children, for Diabetes UK.

Since leaving the NHS, Simon has established an independent management consultancy (Irwell Valley Consultancy Ltd) and is currently supporting the NHSE National Wound Care Strategy programme.