Simon James

FTSE at Department of Transport

Deputy Director, Joint Air Quality Unit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Simon is part of the leadership team of the Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU), a joint initiative between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Department for Transport. JAQU oversees the delivery of the NO2 Programme, the Government’s largest dedicated air quality initiative, which works in partnership with local authorities to bring down levels of NO2 emissions in the shortest possible time. With the senior team, Simon is responsible for strategic policy, science and analysis.

Simon has worked in the Civil Service for over 20 years. Simon joined Defra in 2019 following a career in a range of departments, including Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and the UK Border Agency. Simon has worked on a number of key constitutional policies, including legislating for the EU Referendum; the redrawing of constituency boundaries; and setting up IPSA, the MP’s expenses body.

Simon graduated with a Master’s degree in Mathematics. In 2019, Simon completed the Executive Master of Public Policy programme at the LSE.

  • 18 June 2024, 9:30am

    2024 CSaP Annual Conference

    Our Annual Conference brings together an audience of policy professionals, academic experts and business leaders for a day of talks and presentations, and to share and discuss issues and ideas on a range of topics from innovation and economic growth to climate and sustainability. Speakers from government, academia, and industry will present examples of how we are working together to address new and emerging policy challenges.

  • 26 September 2023, 5pm

    Future of Transport: Decarbonising a complex system

    The 2023 Annual Cleevely Lecture was delivered by Professor Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser in the Department for Transport.