Simon was born into a shooting family and at the age of 9 started smallbore at Ardvreck School and then went onto fullbore at Glenalmond College. In 1978, he toured with the Athelings team to Canada, which cemented his commitment to target rifle shooting.
A regular competitor at the Scottish and Bisley Imperial meetings, Simon has shot for Scotland on numerous occasions and was a member of the recent winning National Teams in 2010 and 2011. He has toured with Scotland Teams to South Africa and Australia and with the NRA team to the Channel Islands, but this would be his first senior GB tour.
As a subsea engineer for an international oil and gas contractor, work and related travel take up more than their fair share of his time, but when not working or shooting, Simon assists in raising his two sons (also rifle shots) and playing appalling golf!