Viscount Simon was educated at Westminster School and at the School of Navigation, Southampton University, before further studies at Sydney Technical College. He succeeded to viscount and entered the House of Lords in 1993.

Lords career: Deputy Chairman of Committees 1998-; Deputy Speaker 1999-; Elected hereditary peer 1999-

Councils, public bodies: Trustee, Guild of Experienced Motorists, Road Safety Charity 1999-; President: Driving Instructors Association 2000-, GEM Motoring Assist 2004-; Younger Brother, Trinity House 2007-

Political interests: Disability, motor industry, police, road safety, science and technology, aviation