Simon has over thirty years’ experience of developing and applying simulation strategies in industries as varied as aerospace, defence, oil and gas, nuclear, renewable power and chemical process.


After a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and then a PhD, Simon immediately became a professional solver of engineering problems. After a spell of mathematical modeling in the glass industry, he moved into consultancy and has worked there ever since.

His interest has always been in identifying how engineering simulation can be best used to improve the performance and safety of major products. The first step is always building an understanding of the underlying problem, and Simon has a rare skill for quickly learning the key points of a new area. He then uses his extensive knowledge of different modeling approaches and methods to identify the best route to a working and useful solution.

Simon is based in the Bristol office of Element Digital Engineering but travels widely and can regularly be found presenting or chairing technical conferences and seminars.


Career highlights

Simon’s extremely varied career includes many highlights, some of which are:
  • Developing a new dynamic and hydrodynamic model for lifeboats;
  • Overseeing the conceptual design and analysis of a new nuclear fusion reactor heat exchanger;
  • Explosion modeling and dynamic response of a hydrogen fuel cell;
  • Novel techno-economic model development for offshore energy applications.




Professional qualifications

  • PhD Mechanical Engineering/Applied Mathematics
  • BEng (Hons)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA)


Recent committees, publications, and conferences

  • Member of Process Industries Board, IMechE.
  • Member of Industrial Guidance Board, Leeds University Doctoral Training Centre in Industrial Fluid Dynamics.
  • Former Chair Offshore Oil & Gas Committee, IMechE
  • Chair, Novel Materials Offshore Seminar, September 2022
  • Author, The Application of Systems Engineering in Offshore Oil & Gas, IMechE, 2016
  • Author, Best Practice Applications of Digital Technology in Offshore Oil & Gas, IMechE, 2017


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