Simon Lee

Simon Lee is the founder and chairman of Level Partnerships. He is the author of many books and articles on law, ethics, religion, politics and sport. He is also the Chair of the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, launched by Pope Benedict XVI on his UK visit in 2010. An appreciation from the USA of his work can be seen in the conferment of an honorary doctorate in May 2011:

Simon Lee has many years of experience in leading change through partnerships as the head of higher education institutions, first with Liverpool Hope, the ecumenical university college, then with Leeds Metropolitan University, known in sporting circles as Carnegie.

Under his leadership, both won awards and developed pioneering partnerships. In 1996, Hope One World won a Queen's Anniversary Prize and in 1997 Liverpool Hope received the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. In 2006, Leeds Met won the Times Higher's award for outstanding contribution to the local community for its partnership-working with Bradford City Football Club. In 2007, the university came first in the inaugural People & Planet awards as the most environmentally friendly university in the UK. In 2008, the university won the competition to become the UK Centre for Coaching Excellence and won sports coach UK's award for the best coaching environment of any organisation in the country. The university's estate was transformed, for example through the £50m Rose Bowl development in 2009.

Simon Lee was a prize-winning scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, and a Harkness Fellow at Yale Law School, following which he was a lecturer in law at Trinity College, Oxford, and then King's College London before being appointed Professor of Jurisprudence at Queen's University Belfast at the age of 31. He was appointed an Emeritus Professor by Queen's at the age of 38 when he moved to Liverpool Hope. 

In Northern Ireland, he was the co-founder of Initiative '92, which established the Opsahl Commission, a citizens' enquiry. In Liverpool, he chaired the Netherley Valley Partnership, the Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, the interim board for Liverpool education and the private-public sector tram joint venture project. In Yorkshire, he chaired Leeds Carnegie, the professional rugby union club. In London, he chaired the Plater Review and the board of Podium, which helps all universities and colleges in the country to be involved in the cultural and sporting Olympiad of London 2012.

Simon Lee's current writing ranges from weekly columns for the religious newspaper, The Universe, to a series of essays on sport for the University of Oxford – see eg.