Simon joined the coatings industry in 2002 when he joined ICI Paints on a technical graduate scheme in their decorative paints division. He held a range of jobs in R&D and sales, culminating in a role as EMEA technical support manager where he managed local teams across 21 countries. After a brief sojourn away from the coatings industry working on lubricants, he joined U-POL as global technical director in 2015. U-POL are a large privately owned and export led UK based coatings company focused on vehicle refinish and other areas of the automotive aftermarket. Simon also chairs the BCF technical committee on vehicle refinish and participates on the CEPE committee.