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Visiting Professor of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

Director and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Place Management, Simon has worked with town centres for over 25 years. He is a specialist in place management with extensive international experience. He has developed town centre strategies, managed town centres, contributed to influential research projects, and is committed to developing the skills and knowledge that effective place leaders and managers require.


  • 2015–2018
    Visiting Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2006–2018
    Director, Institute of Place Management
  • 2007–2018
    Practitioner Editor, Journal of Place Management and Development
  • 2004–2012
    Board Member, Town Centre Management Europe
  • 2004–2010
    Chief Executive, Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM)
  • 2004–2010
    Board Member, International Downtown Association


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Senior Fellow Institute of Place Management