Simon has been Professor of Accounting and Finance at Edinburgh Napier University Business School (Scotland) since 1999. Prior to Edinburgh Napier, Simon was Reader, Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University, and Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire.
Simon has PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam and published over 70 articles in the areas of CSR, environmental reporting, financing efficiency of low‐carbon companies, financial risk management, corporate governance, and accounting and finance in emerging economies. Simon's publications appear in Business Strategy and the Environment, European Journal of Finance; International Small Business Journal; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, among others.
Simon has supervised over 23 PhD and DBA students, and examined over 15 PhDs. Simon is now supervising five PhD and one DBA projects. Simon is accounting editor for Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting and on editorial boards of 10 international journals. Simon is also visiting professor to nine overseas universities.
Simon was former Head of Subject of Accountancy, Finance and Law, at the Business School; now is Business School Academic Lead (China) and Programme Leader of both BA/BA (Hons) Finance Services with Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (China), and BA/BA (Hons) Finance Services with Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (China).