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Available as a creative expert to support your project. I am a multidimensional creative academic, working within the fields of popular music and creative arts education. I can support curriculum development and research methods within higher education across all levels, from foundation to post-doctorate, enabling the production of courses which are inclusive and maximize the creative development of students.


As an experienced qualitative researcher and Nvivo user I have worked with high profile professional creatives, exhibiting extensive research philosophical and methodological knowledge.


Within contemporary creative industries I am vastly experienced as a professional musician, producer and photographer, having worked in multiple regions and genres.


Higher Education

Higher Popular Music Education (HPME) curriculum design. I have a PhD in music education and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA).

I have developed inclusive courses which have brought underrepresented people into popular music education through global, hip hop, dance, punk genres which have previously resided in the margins.

I foster student led curriculum which is flexible and puts the learner centre stage, as previously undertaken by well known artists like George Ezra, Gabrielle Aplin, Keir, and Julio Bashmore.


As an experienced trombonist having played across all genres of music, from score led to improvised, I have recorded with numerous bands including Lund Quartet and Baila la Cumbia.

Within music production I worked as an engineer/ producer for studios in Paris, Glasgow, London and Bath
Record producer. Bands include Bis, AC Acoustics and Les Chihuahuas.

I produce electronic based music with organic elements including natural samples and live instruments. My tracks have been utilised on numerous chillout, synthwave, and downtempo electronic compilation albums.


Academic writer on socio-cultural elements

Creative academic writing. Publisher of journal articles and book chapters. Combining academic and popular writing to satisfy a wide audience but maintaining research rigor.

Examples here

Blank Canvas: book on art education and popular music due for release late autumn 2022 with Intellect Publishing


I am a professional photographer specialising in minimalist landscapes which exude calmness and tranquility. I work with wide angles and natural colours exploring innovative appreciation of natural views.

You can discuss utilising my images or drop me a line to discuss how we might be able to work together on commissions.


Amazing work in creating and developing the Creative Collaboration MA module embedding innovation and inclusivity

Pete Bernard (Musician/ Academic)

I love the innovative and inclusive nature of the CCC music course Simon developed at Bath Spa University

Student (BSU)

Simon has an incredible way of transmitting complex ideas through simply defined processes which supports the maximisation of student knowledge.

Cliff Jones (Musician/ Academic)

I am delighted to say I got 75% in my dissertation. There is no doubt I would not have been able to get this without your help

Student (BSU)

The photographs we used are incredible. Thanks for supporting a small independent business

(Webbs Cycle Shop)

Let’s build something great together; anything is possible
from a blank canvas