Simon is Executive Director of Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd, based in Scotland. Simon is a graduate in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics. Over 13 years he built a career in industrial R&D with a range of roles from design and production engineering to R and D, operations and product management, often in start-up, spin-out and high-growth companies. Having enjoyed collaborating with universities whilst in industry, he moved to the Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde to a varied business role for the next 7 years, before joining Fraunhofer UK on its formation in 2012. He holds a number of patents and is a Member of the IOD, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics.