Simon Marsh is Head of Sustainable Development, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Simon is a chartered town planner and leads a team which seeks to influence public policy so that infrastructure development is in harmony with nature and that the value of nature is mainstreamed in decision-making. He was awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours 2013 in recognition of his work as a member of the National Planning Policy Framework practitioners’ advisory group. He was a member of Lord Matthew Taylor’s review of planning practice guidance, and a commissioner on the Lyons Housing Review.
He is currently a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government's Planning Sounding Board.
Before moving to the RSPB 12 years ago, Simon spent most of his career as a planning officer at Sefton Council, Merseyside, and Essex County Council, with a two-year break advising the Government of Mozambique. He is a graduate of the Universities of Durham, Sheffield and Liverpool.