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Simon McLean

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Contact: simonmclean_7@msn.com
Local authority: East Renfrewshire
Languages: English
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I am a retired police officer, having worked in both rural and urban settings. I was a murder squad detective, plain clothes surveillance officer and drugs squad operative, spending many years working undercover. 

My youngest child Louise passed away aged 23yrs with Cystic Fibrosis. I have been a fundraiser and office bearer of the CF Trust for many years.

I am a Walking Football coach working with Glasgow Life and a published author.

My memoir - The Ten Percent published by Ringwood, is a ‘warts and all’ look at the life of a uniform and plain clothes police officer from ‘behind the curtain’.

I am a public speaker, story teller, trainer and youtube podcaster with a genuine interest in everyones story. I strongly believe that life is immensely rewarding when we share our experiences, discover the common ground we share and marvel at the diversity among us. With empathy, understanding and good humour we can all benefit from each other, and I hope to help facilitate that process.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Reading

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Crime fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Music; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Sports; Travel writing; Urban communities; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+