Simon is the Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC – www.psnc.org.uk) which is the body responsible for negotiating community pharmacy services on behalf of the country’s 11,000 community pharmacies. With over two decades working in the UK public sector, Simon has experience in a number of roles and specialisms including defence and security policy, public affairs, media and communications strategy, negotiation and cyber security. In 2013 he left HM Government to become the Chief Executive of the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service, Cifas. There, he was on the Oversight Board of the Home Secretary’s Joint Fraud Task Force, and the Management Board of the Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Task Force. Simon joined the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee as CEO in May 2018. As such, he is the principal advisor to the PSNC committee, and is responsible and accountable for all operational dimensions of the organisation. These include the planning and shaping of NHS services provided by the network of community pharmacies in England, as well as negotiating funding from HM Government.
Simon commenting on his appointment said “I am delighted to be joining Antibiotic Research UK as Chair Designate. The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the impact that infectious illnesses can have on our society. The predictions of global deaths from antibiotic resistance in the decades to come put those from COVID-19 in the shade. This is why the work of Antibiotic Research UK, the only charity in the UK dedicated to fighting antimicrobial resistance, is so important. I look forward to working with the Trustee Board and Chief Executive to help ANTRUK realise its ambitious plans in antimicrobial research, education and patient support.”