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BEc; BCom; LLB; GDLP; Dip Lang (Spanish); Barrister & Solicitor (New Zealand & Australia)


Simon has 20 years of experience as a policy, legal and financial professional. He has held a number of senior positions both in national governments and in international organisations. Much of his work has involved building new governance structures, developing new processes and creating new schemes.


Simon is currently the Director of Corporate Services at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, where he is responsible for finance, human resources, information technology, property and planning/strategy. In this role he is leading the organisation’s programme of corporate reforms.


Before taking up this role he worked as a consultant and as a lawyer in New Zealand advising several start up businesses.


Prior to this he worked as a senior manager in the Civil Aviation Authority NZ where he led the deployment of risk focused safety management regulatory systems, initiated the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan and implemented an integrated business planning system.


In Canada as a diplomat, Simon drove reforms to the governance of the UN Specialised Agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization. He was also the Chair of ICAO’s Finance Committee in 2005-2006. Key issues on the agenda during his time there included international terrorism, environment protection/climate change and improving the safety performance of developing countries.


During his time with the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Simon played a leading role in many of the major reforms to aviation in Australia that occurred in the late 1990s & early 2000s. This encompassed the privatisation of Australia’s major airports, corporatisation of Sydney Airport and the establishment of the two specialised government agencies; Airservices Australia and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia. He was the leader of the Australian Government taskforce set up to deal with the effects of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the aviation insurance market. In 2001-2002, he served as the Chair of the ICAO Special Group on War Risk Insurance whose work resulted in the ICAO ‘Globaltime’ contingent insurance scheme.


Whilst there Simon also spearheaded the development of comprehensive new national legislative regimes for transport safety investigation and transport security. He chaired the Working Group that developed the policy and legislation for mutual recognition of aviation certificates to implement the Australia New Zealand Single Aviation Market arrangements. He has broad experience in general transport policy and legislative development.


Prior to joining government he worked for one of Australia’s leading insolvency practitioners at Ernst & Young on several high profile corporate collapses.


Simon was a visiting lecturer at the Australian National University when he was in Canberra, where he conducted a postgraduate course in International Air Law for several years.




·        Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat – Suva, Fiji

o Director Corporate Services (Jul 2013 – present)

·        Constellation Partners & Illuminate Law – Wellington, New Zealand

o Principal (Jun 2012 – Jun 2013)

·        Civil Aviation Authority – Wellington, New Zealand

o General Manager Government & Strategy (Feb 2008 – Nov 2011)

·        International Civil Aviation Organization – Montreal, Canada

o Head of Australian Mission & Representative on the Council (Jul 2003 – Jan 2008)

·        Department of Infrastructure & Transport – Canberra, Australia

o Principal Lawyer (Jan 2000 - Jul 2003)

o Leader, War Risk Insurance Taskforce (Oct 2001 – May 2002)

o Legal Officer (Apr 1998 – Jul 1999)

o Senior Policy Officer (Jan 1996 – Apr 1998)

o Graduate Programme (Nov 1994 – Dec 1995)

·        Office of International Law, Attorney General’s Department Canberra, Australia

o Senior Lawyer (Aug – Dec 1999)

·        Ernst & Young – Adelaide, Australia

o Graduate Accountant, Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring (Dec 1988 – Jun 1991)

·        Tasmanian Government – Hobart, Australia

o Tourist Officer, Department of Tourism/Junior Finance Clerk, Treasury (Jan 1986 – Feb 1987)




·        New Zealand Law Society – Barrister & Solicitor

·        United Nations Association of New Zealand

·        New Zealand Society for Risk Management




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