Simon Less

  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Regulatory Policy
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Simon Less


Dr Simon Less is Senior Consultant to Policy Exchange on Regulatory Policy. Simon has many years of experience in relation to regulated sectors and government policy-making, as a Whitehall Senior Civil Servant, a regulator, a consultant, and a research director in Policy Exchange.

Separately from Policy Exchange, Simon is a Director of Lucerna Partners Ltd, advising public and private sector bodies on a range of regulation and policy issues.  Simon also chairs the Advisory Board to the Regulatory Policy institute, and is a member of the expert advisory panel to the Office of Rail Regulation.

Previously, Simon served as head of Policy Exchange's Environment and Energy Unit, and his related publications can be found on the Environment and Energy webpage.  Before that Simon was a Director at Ofwat and held a number of Senior Civil Service positions in the Treasury and Ministry of Justice.
Simon is vice chairman of ReStore Community Projects, a furniture reuse charitable business. He has a PhD from Cambridge University in chemistry, and an MBA from Imperial College Business School.