About me

My name’s Simon Perks and I live in Somerset, UK, with my wife, Natalie, and Molly and Ozzy, my Labrador dogs. Welcome to my home on the web. You’re very welcome, so feel free to grab a cup of tea and make yourself at home.

I’m a political and social philosopher by training (to the extent to which anyone can actually train to be something like that) and worry a lot about the challenges that we face as a society. I’m also a chartered public finance accountant and a public finance specialist, which gives me a practical perspective on things, too.

And because science is important, I’m also really interested in physics and astronomy. I’m a keen observational astronomer and have a growing interest in cultural astronomy, which considers the role that the night sky (and, indeed, the daytime sky) plays in ancient and modern societies.

Whenever I get the time and the opportunity, 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(-ish) about what I’m thinking, what I’m doing and what’s going on in my life.

This includes anything from the books I’m reading, the places we’ve been as a family, the things I’m growing in the garden, the stuff the dogs get up to, odd ways in which members of my family annoy me, and my ongoing attempts to train our youngest Labrador (Ozzy) as a search-and-rescue dog.

Although my family and I now live in Somerset, I’ve lived and worked in the UK, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. I have degrees in political science and theoretical physics. I speak English, French, German and Russian fluently and can get by in Dutch and Mandarin Chinese. And I’m currently learning Scottish Gaelic.

To earn money (and because it’s fun), 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 out 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. 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.