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. Having worked with the Sea Mammal Research Unit and British Antarctic Survey in the UK, he returned to Malaysia in 1997 to survey the entire coast and coral reefs of Sabah as well as run a turtle research programme.
Simon joined Scubazoo in early 1998 and has dived extensively at all Scubazoo’s locations, on many scientific and environmental assignments, and has been involved in many of Scubazoo’s major broadcast television filming projects. 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 BBC series such as Last Chance To See with Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine, Deadly 60 with Steve Backshall & Human Planet – Oceans. Subsequently Simon, on behalf of SZ, won an Emmy for his underwater filming contribution to the Human Planet – Oceans program. Simon has also headed several of Scubazoo’s environmental and scientific production projects, including the filming of the Brunei Rapid Marine bio-diversity assessment. Simon traveled around the globe in both 2005 and 2006 as an underwater cameraman on Animal Planet’s Great Ocean Adventures with presenter Monty Halls.
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.
In 2008 Simon was selected to become one of the underwaterchannel’s eight ambassadors or faces as they are known. Simon writes a regular blog for the channel and presents topical and informative programmes for their monthly magazine show Splash.
When he finally takes off his Scubazoo hat and returns home there’s nothing Simon enjoys more than putting on his Chef’s toque and cooking for his wife and friends.