Simon has held a number of national portfolios for the National Police Chiefs’ Council. These include mental health, disability local policing and, currently, the Prevent strategy and procurement. He began his career with West Midlands Police and held the post of Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable at Hampshire Police before being appointed Chief Constable of Leicestershire in 2010. He has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Durham, an MA in History from University College, Worcester, and a Diploma in Criminology and Policing from Cambridge University. In 2014 Simon was awarded the Queen's Police Medal and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University.