Simon is currently the Subject Leader for Public Health at the University of South Wales where he teaches epidemiology, research methods and physical activity & health. After initially completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in exercise science, Simon went on to complete a PhD in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease in 2002. Since then, Simon’s interests have focused on the epidemiology of obesity and physical activity, in particular the metabolic and vascular disturbances associated with visceral adipose tissue and the effect of exercise; the association of cardiorespiratory fitness, obesity and metabolic syndrome in children; and the effect of weight loss interventions. Simon was a co-investigator on a recently completed National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded clinical trial examining the effect of a behavioural intervention on weight loss maintenance in adults (WILMA). Simon also has an evolving interest in public health policy and social inequalities in health and has conducted research investigating barriers to physical activity in socially disadvantaged people. Together with Professor Gareth Stratton (Swansea) he is a co-founder of the Active Healthy Kids (Wales) project. Simon has been an active member of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity for a number of years and he is also currently serving as an advisory board member for the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales.
In his leisure time Simon tries to stay as fit and active as possible and is an enthusiastic, if not very good, cricketer. You can follow him on Twitter @DrSRPWilliams