Simon Metson


I delight in solving problems by working with innovative people & technology. I find solutions that are both creative and maintainable. During my career I’ve learnt how to work through people, recognising that an effective team is more productive than any single contributor. I relish finding team structures that are efficient & make the most of my team members skills.

I resolve problems with a balance of collecting data and intuition & judgement, and recognise a solution may be technical, non-technical, or a mix of both. I enjoy working with large systems, and like identifying ways to simplify them; through either technical, procedural or organisational changes.


Innovative manager experienced in running distributed teams of highly-skilled engineers and project managers.

Product-focused leader, with good understanding of how business requirements impact technical decision making.

Engaged with whole product life cycle: requirements, design, implementation, change management, maintenance, delivery & operation.



2014 - present

Current role: Program Director

Previous responsibilities:


2012 - 2014

Range of roles in small, rapidly growing start up:

Second UK employee:

Bristol University

2006 - 2012

Research Assistant & Research Associate

Convened the Data & Workflow Management group.

2002 - 2006

PhD student

Thesis: “Invisible Decays of the Higgs Boson at the CMS Detector”, funded through e-Science PPARC grant.

Reading University

1998 - 2002

MPhysUn - Master of Physics & the Universe

Colne Community High School/College


I live in Bristol with my wife, two children, dog & ever growing instrument collection.