Simon graduated in English & American Literature from the University of Warwick in 1982 and undertook postgraduate studies in Directing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1984), and Screenwriting at the UK’s National Film & Television School (1996) followed by the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam (1997). At the MBFI he developed the original screenplay BONEY & BETSY, which was optioned by Film & General Productions.

Simon has written feature films for producers such as Warp Films and Met Films, and spec scripts which he has sold in London, New York and Los Angeles. His draft of IN TRANZIT (dir. Tom Roberts) attracted John Malkovich and Vera Farmiga onto the movie, which was released in 2008, and he continues to write commissions, specs and theatre plays.

Simon is currently attached to direct his own comedy drama feature FORGOTTEN MEN, developed on the 2014 Triangle programme funded by Screen Yorkshire and Creative England, with Huw Penalt Jones (Interlude in Prague) producing, and his period drama BONEY & BETSY is under option to Damien Parer Productions in Australia, with Bruce Beresford attached to direct.

As a director Simon has collaborated with some fantastic talent. Highlights include working with Ruby Wax; the award-winning CINDERELLA (Latchmere Theatre, 1985); a 4-part 30’ documentary series ALIEN NATION for HTV Carlton (TX September 2002); and the last major filmed interview with composer Sir Malcolm Arnold, which featured in Tony Palmer’s 2-part SOUTH BANK SHOW that he also co-produced, TOWARDS THE UNKNOWN REGION (2004).

Simon has worked internationally as a teacher and script consultant. Produced films I’ve helped develop include Noel Clarke’s KIDULTHOOD (2006), TEAH (2007), Justin Kerrigan’s I KNOW YOU KNOW (2008), DRIFT (2013), starring Sam Worthington, THE MULE (2014) starring Hugo Weaving, and BAD GIRLS (2017).

In 2009 Simon co-created and co-delivered Screen Australia’s Springboard programme, helping emerging Australian film talent develop and produce a short film that supports their first feature. To date feature films THESE FINAL HOURS (2013) and DOWNRIVER (2015) have been produced as a result of this programme. Simon's story development work in Australia led to him being appointed Lecturer in Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney, the post he held prior to joining the University of York in 2012 as its first Lecturer in Screenwriting.