Elected Trustee – May 2020
Simon has extensive experience and expertise in finance and the financial services sectors. An accomplished Chief Financial Officer, Simon is currently a Partner at Fundsmith, an asset management firm he helped found in 2010 and which now handles assets of £12bn. Simon also has experience of support services and the property sector, having started companies in both. Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells and then joined the Corporate Finance division of Schroders. Following a 14 year career in corporate finance, Simon left banking to focus on helping create and run start-up companies.
He is passionate about science and, as an Ri Patron, has been a keen supporter of the Royal Institution, having attended lectures and short courses and, of course, a keen viewer of the online videos. Simon is also a Patron of the Science Museum and a supporter of the Hampstead Theatre.
My journey started with the Christmas Lectures and gaining an understanding of the breadth and excitement of science. As I introduced my children to the Christmas Lectures, I came to understand the breadth of opportunities the Ri has on offer to help me gain a greater understanding of a broad range of topics.
I continue to be an avid fan, attending lectures and short courses as well as watching the videos and listening to the podcasts. From gaining a greater understanding of the important fundamental topics to gaining insight into niche areas I perhaps would not have found by myself, time spent with the Ri is never wasted.