Dr Simon Aulton is the Deputy Director (Operations) at IARS. In this role Simon project manages the work that IARS does as well as overseeing finance for the charity. In this role Simon works to support the IARS team to deliver user-led project outcomes across all of our projects. This includes organisational administration, ensuring the charity's compliance and infrastructure are in place, leading on HR for the charity, finance and funding management, as well as representing IARS at local, national, and international meetings. With his extensive experience in the field of voluntary youth provision, Simon brings experience of working with young people to achieve results in projects and enjoys nothing more than supporting young people to deliver projects themselves.
Before working for IARS, Simon has had extensive experience in the youth sector as a Director of Partnership for Young London, a Regional Development Manager for The Scout Association, and as the Chair of Governors at his local primary school. He has worked with the voluntary youth sector, particularly in London, the South East, and the East of England to increase capacity for both main-stream children and young people as well as those with special needs or in areas of deprivation. He has a passion for youth-led projects and particularly encouraging young people to be more involved with the governance of their clubs and societies, ensuring that their experiences are meaningful for them. Simon has managed projects over all of these areas, focusing on building capacity, improving the leadership and management of volunteers, and recruiting volunteers to support youth organisations.
Working for The Scout Association for many years, Simon managed teams supporting local volunteers with leadership and management, volunteer recruitment, and child safeguarding. Simon has a Diploma in Management and NVQ Level 4 management and has managed staff for 18 years. As a volunteer he was recognised by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire for services to the local community in 2014, and he continues to support local charities in the County. Simon supports his children's Scout Group and is a Chair of governors at a local school, where he has been instrumental in bringing in user-led methodology to the governance of the school, involving the children in strategic decision-making processes wherever possible. Simon has two daughters, both of whom are in secondary school where he has been able to support the school with a young entrepreneurship programme.
Simon has competencies in facilitating, presenting, directing, and assessing adult training as well as NVQ qualifications in assessing and verifying NVQ studies. He is an experienced trainer with 29 years of experience in training adults, both voluntarily and professionally. Simon has developed many training courses and enjoys presenting to audiences and public speaking.
Simon has written a number of books and papers both in his role as an industrial chemist and for The Scout Association. In the latter role, Simon wrote and edited books including the Beaver Scout Programme Book, the Beaver Scout Log Book (which was published in both English and Welsh), and contributed or co-wrote the Cub Scout Powerpack amongst others. Simon also produced papers on Child Safeguarding and Volunteer Recruitment for The Scout Association as well as producing numerous training packages for the Scouts on similar subjects.
As a school governor, Simon has increased the participation of young people with school governance and has broken down barriers between the governors and the children to create direct links between the children and the running of their school. In addition Simon has led work to improve communications between the school and parents in order to build strong school-parent partnerships to benefit the education of the children. Simon has undertaken training to ensure safer recruitment within schools and has developed an understanding of the current Multi-Academy Trusts as part of current changes in the educational landscape within the UK.
Simon has a Ph.D. from Brunel University. Having undertaken research in surface chemistry, his Ph.D. thesis considered The Reactivity of Methane and Other Gasses towards Magnesium Oxide Surfaces. As part of this, Simon developed novel methods of surface analysis using FTIR methods and XPS as well as drawing conclusions about the reactivity of surfaces to specific gasses. Simon lived and worked across Europe building relationships and developing business for a specialist analytical company. During his time living in The Netherlands, Simon volunteered as a Scout Leader in both The Netherlands and in Germany. More recently Simon has undertaken training in Prince 2 methodology and GDPR regulations.