Simon commenced his career at the age of 17 as an Infantry soldier with the Royal Regiment of Wales. Simon served with the regiment in both Germany and Northern Ireland. It was in Northern Ireland that his passion began for working dogs when he experienced army dog teams on operations. Simon successfully applied for a posting to the Army Dog Unit NI as a Guard Dog Handler, after further training Simon was selected for specialist work and spent a number of years with 3 Brigade Specialist Dog Section in South Armagh. Simon also worked on a number of successful counter terrorist operations throughout the province in the late 80's early 90's.
After leaving the British Army in 1994 Simon worked in the private security industry worldwide providing operational services and training to clients in the Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the Caribbean and Israel.
Simon is dedicated to improving standards of the Security Dog Industry both in the UK and overseas. This led him to be one of the founders of the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) of which he was an active committee member and chairman from 2009 to 2014. Simon was privileged enough to be elected as chairman in 2008 where he held the post until he stood down in April 2014.
Simon is also a trainer for various SIA units to include conflict management, security guarding and door supervision.
In November 2014 Simon was employed as a senior consultant for a large security company operating throughout Africa. His remit was to assist in NASDU accreditation and provide a Train the Trainer programme for both General Purpose Patrol and Explosive Detection.
In 2014 he worked with KK Security based in Nairobi, Kenya, this involved acting as the company’s canine consultant for both general purpose and explosive detection as well as supporting KK Security in achieving NASDU fully-inspected status under the BS 8517.
With over 30 years’ experience working with EDDs operations in a variety of environments across all regions of the world, Simon developed a unique Diabetic Alert Dogs training programme in 2018.