Simon was appointed as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish in February 1996, having completed
an extended curacy in a large town parish in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. In December
2001, he was installed as Vicar by the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Rev Pete Broadbent.
Simon grew up in Kent, worked briefly for British Telecom, then read English at Trinity
College, Oxford. From 1986-1988 he worked as a lay assistant in the inner city parish
of Christ Church, Birkenhead, in Merseyside, with particular involvement in youth
work and outreach. He then returned to Oxford to train for the Anglican ministry
at Wycliffe Hall.
He is married to Alison, who teaches Reception at a local church
school, and they have a teenage son, Matt. Simon is an active football supporter,
loyally following Tranmere Rovers since his days in Merseyside. His favourite pastimes,
when opportunity permits, are hill-walking and rock climbing. He is a member of the
Christian Rock and Mountain Club (www.crmc.org.uk) and organises their annual Scottish
winter mountaineering week.
In addition to developing and implementing the vision of the parish, Simon has pursued
academic interests in New Testament Studies and in 2005 was awarded an M Phil by
King’s College London for his work on the Gospel accounts of the trial of Jesus.
He is involved in Reader Training and teaching local New Testament courses and also
writes regularly for Scripture Union’s Closer to God Bible reading notes (www.closertogod.org.uk).
Simon draws particular inspiration from Celtic spirituality and is Deputy Guardian
of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda (www.aidanandhilda.org) whose vision
is to cradle a Christian spirituality for today which renews the church and brings
healing to fragmented people and communities. Simon is currently seeking to bring
insights from “the new monasticism” into the local church.