Dr Simon Woodward is an experienced tourism and heritage industry consultant and educator, with expertise in strategy development, market appraisals, feasibility studies, business planning, visitor management, site masterplanning and destination development. He joined Leeds Beckett University in 2008 having spent the previous 20 years working as a consultant for a number of UK companies, including 12 years as a Director at PLB Consulting Ltd. He has worked in many developed and emerging destinations including South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Morocco and of course the UK.
Simon has an excellent understanding of the environmental, economic and social impacts of tourism and of community involvement in sustainable heritage, leisure and tourism projects, and has spoken at a number of international conferences on those topics. He has a particular interest in developing and managing community-based heritage.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Leeds Beckett University and his consultancy work, Simon chairs the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee, sits on ICOMOS-UK National Executive Committee and is a Trustee of the Landscape Research Centre, a charity promoting public engagement with the archaeology of North Yorkshire.
Simon's current research interests including the development of tourism in rural Albania; community involvement in protecting and managing heritage and student engagement with World Heritage values. He is currently co-authoring a text book looking at the challenges of managing World Heritage Sites in today's turbulent world.