A serial entrepreneur, Simon brings a wealth of start-up business experience. He began his career in the timber industry before founding a European travel operation and an international electronics company. His most recent venture was a data management business providing outsourced services to mortgage lenders. Having secured 50% of the UK market, the company was sold to MacDonald Detweiler of Canada in 2006. He has sat on government technology and IT committees and now consults on the development of SMEs and their preparation for sale or flotation.