Simon has always been interested in the social and group behaviour of himself and others. Driven by this fascination, he educated himself about the stock market, considering the patterns and trends established when people are exposed to similar conditions over different timeframes. This research prepared him for work as a stockbroker, for 3 years, culminating in his promotion to Director of a small stockbroking firm in Melbourne.
Following the global financial crisis in 2008, Simon moved into the field of counselling. He studied Psychotherapy for 18 months at the Cairnmillar Institute and spent the following 6 years in private practice. Here he learned about meditate and its benefits. He immersed himself in daily practice, became a meditation teacher, and facilitated individual and group meditation and mindfulness sessions. In December 2014, Simon joined a group of whistle-blowers standing up and speaking out against inappropriate treatment of women within a Melbourne organisation. This movement inspired further study of human behaviour, and he enrolled in Psychology at Deakin University in Geelong.
Seeing the need for greater awareness into the negative effects of high-control groups, Simon continues to educate himself of how these groups establish themselves and how to empower and assist those affected. He is an advisor on disciplinary committees and joined Hero Town Geelong in late 2015. Simon lives in Geelong, meditates daily and enjoys playing guitar in a local band.