Simon J Duffy is Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform and secretary to Citizen Network – a global cooperative. Simon is a philosopher and social innovator who works to improve the welfare system. He is a regular public speaker and government policy advisor, both nationally and internationally. His awards include the RSA’s Prince Albert Medal and the SPA Award for outstanding contribution to social policy. Simon also has a doctorate in moral philosophy.

His interest began in this field after university when he worked for the NHS as a General Management trainee. He went on to found Inclusion Glasgow in 1996, and help with the creation of range of other organisations in Scotland. In 1999 he began work to design systems of self-directed support for local authorities. From 2003 to 2009 he led the development of personal budgets in England as CEO of In Control. Since then he has also been policy advisor to the Campaign for a Fair Society, chair of the Housing & Support Alliance and coordinator of Learning Disability Alliance England (now merged into Learning Disability England).

Simon writes on a wide range of topics from the practical to the philosophical. Key publications include Unlocking the Imagination (1996), Keys to Citizenship (2003) Women at the Centre (2011) A Fair Income (2011) Peer Power (2012) and The Unmaking of Man (2013).

Simon lives in Sheffield with his wife Nicola and their son Jacob. When he gets any free time he likes to be with his family, to try and read Latin, to windsurf, ski, cycle and work in the garden.


1986 – Philosophy Scholarship to Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
1994 – Harkness Fellowship to University of Colorado
2001 – PhD in Moral Theory at Edinburgh University
2006 – Honorary Senior Research Fellowship at University of Birmingham
2008 – Prince Albert Medal from the RSA
2011 – Jack Tizard Lecturer at the University of Kent
2011 – Social Policy Association’s Award for Outstanding Contribution from a Non-Academic
2014 – Sir Keith Wilson Oration at the Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, Adelaide