About me

My name is Simon Perks and I’m a writer. Welcome to the home on the web of my writing and other activities. I write about the things that interest me, from political philosophy and public finance to particle physics and popular astronomy. I also blog here regularly about what I’m thinking, what I’m doing and what’s going on around me.

I am a chartered public finance accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. I have a first class honours degree in political science and modern languages and am a member of the Political Studies Association. I am a qualified executive coach and leadership mentor.

I also have a degree in physics and am a keen astronomer. I am a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the Institute of Physics, the British Astronomical Association and the Society for Popular Astronomy.

I have lived and worked in the UK, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. I speak English, French, German and Russian fluently and can get by in Dutch and Mandarin Chinese. I am currently learning Scottish Gaelic.

In addition to being a writer, I run Sockmonkey Consulting, a small strategy and performance consulting practice, through which I work with organisations across the public, not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors. You can find our more about my consulting activities here.

I also worked for ten years in the public sector practice of a ‘big four’ international audit and consultancy firm. And, thankfully, survived to tell the tale.

I live near Bristol in the United Kingdom with my wife, Natalie, and Molly and Ozzy, my Labrador dogs. When I’m not writing or consulting, I like to run, hike, kayak, row, paddleboard, read, grow plants and bake things. I also drink quite a lot of tea.