Simon is a facilitator, mediator, trainer and writer. He has first-hand experience of education, conflict, development and change in many countries, working with local and international agencies, governments and at the UN. He was Oxfam Country Representative in Zaire (DRC) for four years. In 1991 he founded and became the first director of Responding to Conflict.
Simon is currently actively engaged in work on Zimbabwe and, more generally, assists organisations on request with developing strategy and capacity to address conflict and injustice. He has recently co-authored a paper entitled: Are We Just Wasting Our Time? An Open Letter to Peacebuilders. Among his other publications are: Working with Conflict: Skills and Strategies for Action, RTC / Zed Books 2000 (co-author), and Spirited Living: Waging Conflict, Building Peace, Quaker Books 2004.