Simone began her career as an Adult Registered Nurse (RN) in 1995 as a Staff Nurse at the Chest Medical Unit, Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire. After completing her degree, Simone became a Nursing Officer with the Royal Air Force, and worked as deputy Sister on a busy orthopaedic ward. She enjoyed using her nursing skills to train healthcare support workers, student nurses and newly qualified staff and was placed in charge of staff development for the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit at Peterborough. Following a teaching qualification at Reading University, Simone took up a post as Senior Lecturer with the RAF at the University of Central England, Birmingham. She taught civilian and military student nurses, and travelled to a plethora of military bases offering educational advice to all registered nurses serving in the RAF.
In 2003, Simone joined the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University as a tutor in Nursing and has had a full career taking her to Senior Lecturer. She completed a Masters degree in Health Law and Ethics in 2011, and leads a team of Adult Nurse Lecturers. In 2012 she was recognised with the Distinguished Teacher award for inspirational teaching. Students said “She draws all students into discussions on every topic and ensures that they support each other as an integral part of the learning process” and is “admired and liked by all her students”.
Simone battled a life threatening illness for 10 months in 2012, and returned to work in 2013. She was so overwhelmed by the support received from colleagues and students, she nominated the College as Pre-Registration Nurse Education Provider of the year with the Nursing Times, and in April 2014, the College won the award. Simone actively champions her peers and has nominated many pioneering staff and students for national and university awards, with many successes.
As an active Athena SWAN champion, Simone was part of the team who successfully led the College to a Bronze award in 2013. She is also Chair of the Mary Williams group at Swansea University and actively promotes equality across the university. Colleagues find Simone to be an approachable and supportive colleague as well as a good listener. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and fully dedicates time to mentoring others.