Simon holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Bangor University in Wales. He started learning the clarinet in secondary school and was inspired by his own music teacher to help young people become musicians. He has conducted the North Wales Clarinet Choir and has been a Lifelong Learning Conductor for his university. Simon is also an accomplished clarinettist who has played in various orchestras around North Wales. After obtaining his PGCE, Simon moved to Qatar, where he taught music at a BSO (British Schools Overseas) outstanding British international school for three and a half years. In his spare time, Simon enjoys learning new languages, travelling with his wife, and playing mahjong for fun.