Operations Director/Senior Cameraman
DATE OF BIRTH: 1st MAY 1974
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
Simon graduated from Aberdeen University with a BSc (Hons.) degree in Marine Zoology. He was a leading figure in the first scientific research expedition to Pulau Layang Layang, Malaysia in the South China Sea and the entire Sabah coast of East Malaysia. Simon joined Scubazoo in early 1998 and has dived and filmed on many scientific and environmental assignments as well as most of Scubazoo’s major broadcast television filming projects whether handling the location management and/or underwater filming. These have led him all around the world from Malaysia to Mexico, Papua New Guinea to Vancouver and Maldives to New Zealand. Simon has production managed and filmed on recent big budget projects such as Big Blue Live BBC, Conquest of the Skies with Sir David Attenborough, Last Chance To See with Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine, Deadly 60 with Steve Backshall, Human Planet – Oceans. Subsequently Simon, on behalf of SZ, was part of the Emmy award winning Human Planet team. Simon has also filmed on Award winning commercials such Tribord – Back to Water. Simon has also been heavily involved and filmed in many environmental and scientific production projects, including Acid Ocean, Leatherbacks of PNG and Brunei Rapid Marine bio-diversity assessment to mention just a few. Over the years Simon has faced many unique and incredible situations whilst filming – wild saltwater crocodiles, bull Stellar & Californian Sea Lions, killer whales, predatory Humboldt Squid in the Sea of Cortez, South Africa’s incredible “Sardine Run”, great white sharks, feeding tiger sharks, giant octopus, six gilled sharks, humpback whales, wild dugongs & manatees, deep water wrecks and some of the worlds remotest sea mounts have all been covered. Simon’s dream is to re-trace his ancestor’s discovery of Enderby Land in Antarctica and compare their lives as old school whalers to his life as a modern day marine biologist/underwater cameraman.