Dr Simon Knight
senior youth work practitioner; vice chair, Play Scotland

Simon manages teams of youth work and community work staff in a Scottish local authority. He is vice-chair of Play Scotland, and successfully completed a PhD at the University of Strathclyde. His thesis in community education was focused on how past childhood experiences, freedoms and licences contributed to emerging selfhood in young people.

During the referendum on Scottish independence, Simon campaigned vigorously for a No vote. He organises charity open water swims off the Scottish coast in aid of the RNLI, and in what little spare time remains, he chases his 11-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter about and has just retired from playing football after an illustrious career of playing averagely.


Saturday 21 October, 15:15 National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW
From the spirit of Shackleton to ‘cotton-wool kids’: have we become too risk averse?