About me

My name is Simon Perks and I live near Bristol in the United Kingdom with my wife Natalie and Molly, my Labrador dog. As you may already have figured out, this is my blog. It’s also the home on the web of my writing and other activities.

I have a keen interest in politics and public policy and write about issues that concern, frustrate or quite simply outrage me. I sometimes write about science, too, with a particular interest in physics, astrophysics and astronomy. And I also write periodically about other things that interest me. I’ve had my work published in a range of places; you can find more details here.

I have a degree in politics and modern languages from the University of Keele and a degree in physics from the Open University. I speak English, French, German and Russian fluently and can get by in Dutch and Mandarin Chinese. I am also a Chartered Public Finance Accountant, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and a qualified executive coach.

A few years ago, I founded a small consultancy and coaching practice, which works with organisations in the public, not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors. You can read more about my consulting business here. Prior to this, I worked in the public sector practice of a ‘big four’ international audit and consultancy firm.

When I’m not writing or working, I like to sail, kayak, run, swim, row, read, grow plants and bake things. And I drink quite a lot of tea. All of these themes feature on my blog from time to time, some more frequently than others.

So here we are. I hope you enjoy browsing through my website and reading my blog. And please do feel free to contribute your own comments, suggestions and ideas. I’d love to hear from you.