Simon is a Geelong local who is passionate about advocating for rural and regional communities throughout Western Victoria.
Having been preselected in 2009, Simon became a Liberal Member for the Western Victoria Region at the 2010 Victorian State Election.
Simon grew up in Western Victoria and attended Geelong Grammar School, graduating in 1972 where he went on to study a Diploma of Farm Management at Glenormiston Agricultural College and a Certificate of Small business from ACE Colac.
From 1977 to 2010 Simon was the owner and manager of East Mooleric Pastoral Company, as well as director and part owner of CRF Foods Pty Ltd. Currently, Simon owns a small beef grazing property south of Birregurra.
Simon is still involved in the Victorian Farmers Federation, where he served as president for four years, until 2009. He is a strong supporter of the local community and has helped to raise funds for the Black Saturday victims, flood appeals, and school fundraisers.
A keen contributor to Parliamentary Debate Simon has sat on the Economy and Infrastructure Legislation Committee, Economy and Infrastructure References Committee and also chaired the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee that reported on an enquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamine’s, notably ICE. Simon is currently serving as Deputy Chair of the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee, and on the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Committee, which are both joint investigatory committees of the Parliament of Victoria.
In 2017 Simon was appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Agriculture.