Simon specialises in advising local and multinational companies and Government on their capital markets strategy and merger and acquisitions. He has been a practicing corporate adviser in Australia since 1984 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Simon is Executive Co-Chairman and Founder of Luminis Partners in affiliation with Evercore. He previously co-founded Caliburn Partnership which was sold to Greenhill in 2010 and prior to that was Head of Corporate Finance at BZW Australia and ABN AMRO.
In 2010 Simon was appointed Chairman of the Board of the MCA Australia and, after 10 years, was appointed the Inaugural International Ambassador. He sits on the boards of many prominent global organisations including the American Academy in Rome and he is the Deputy Chair of MOMA PSI in New York. He is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about art.
In 2020, Simon was knighted in Italy and awarded the Order of the Star of Italy. He was awarded an AO, being made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the visual arts at a national and international level, to emerging artists and to philanthropy. Also in 2020, Simon was appointed Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne’s Centre of Visual Arts and as an Adjunct Professor at Universita Cattolica in Milan and Rome for their International Program in Cultural Diplomacy and Master’s Program in Cultural Diplomacy: Arts and Digital Media for International Relations and Global Communication.
In 2010 Simon and his wife Catriona were awarded the Australia Business Arts Foundation’s Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Leadership Award.
Simon was at Marlborough in 1973–77 in B1. He joined the Council in June 2021.