Simon has been employed at UNSW Sydney for over 10 years as an IT specialist. He also has teaching and counselling experience and has worked as a senior software developer with a major US IT company developing innovative information systems for UK healthcare providers.
Previously, he spent 12 years as a field archaeologist working on projects in the UK and Madagascar. Simon has been vegetarian since his school days for the simple reason that he became aware that it was unnecessary to kill animals. He became fully vegan over 6 years ago.
Wanting to help animals further, he has been a regular activist with Animal Rights Activism Sydney (ARAS) and a senior events organiser for Animal Voices, a UNSW based student activist group. He is also involved with similar overseas organisations in Thailand, Malaysia and the UK.
Simon strongly believes that animal liberation is essential for human societies to evolve into more caring and equal communities and is adamant that there is good in all people. That inhumane and exploitative attitudes towards certain species is due to a false belief that animal exploitation is necessary and unavoidable. Simon sees the animal liberation movement moving forward on many fronts harnesses innate compassion in people.
Realising that his skills and experience are ideally suited to putting animals on the forefront of the political agenda, Simon is standing for the Animal Justice Party in the Coogee constituency, as in the previous state election. If elected, Simon will strive to improve the welfare of animals for their benefit, as well as people and the wider community.
Simon is an accomplished street photographer, with an extensive portfolio of images from Australia, south-east Asia and Europe. He also is a qualified railway fireman after long service volunteering on heritage steam railways in the UK.
He has the integrity, optimism and intelligence necessary to become a great representative for Coogee and has the excellent qualities of an Animal Justice Party candidate to vote for on March 25th.