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Simon Johnson



PPP/PFI and infrastructure project finance

Joined the Team

July 2019


PFI/PPP, Structured Finance, Project Finance

Simon brings 20 years’ experience of PPP/PFI and infrastructure project finance to the DWPF team, gained in a wide range of organisations through both the private and public sectors. His experience spans social infrastructure, economic infrastructure and renewables projects, throughout the project lifecycle and includes extensive highways, street lighting, education, waste, student accommodation and ‘blue light’ sector projects experience.

Simon leads financial and commercial advisory engagements in the infrastructure sector.
Simon joined from Local Partnerships, a public sector company owned by HM Treasury, the Local Government Association and the Welsh Government. While there he developed and led their refinancing service; he managed and closed PFI refinancing projects for Kirklees, Salford, Barnsley, Luton, Oldham, Derbyshire, Bristol and Cumbria councils. Therefore, Simon has a wealth of experience assisting public sector counterparties achieve optimal outcomes from their refinancing processes, and he has also developed expertise in working through the approvals processes required by various central government departments.

Simon most recently supported Cumbria County Council through the refinancing of their Carlisle Northern Development Route PFI project, closed in December 2018, and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council through the refinancing of Phase 3 of their Schools BSF project, closed in June 2019.

He started his career at BAE SYSTEMS, working on some of the earliest PFI and wider PPP model projects in the defence sector. During a secondment to the PPP team at the National Audit Office, he benefitted from exposure to developing thinking in other sectors. He moved to the UK origination team at Dexia, one of the most active lending teams in the industry, leading on modelling, legal documentation and due diligence aspects of senior debt lending mandates. Simon subsequently joined the development and construction company Lend Lease, where he led all commercial, financial and funding aspects of bidding and closing infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on the waste sector. He then moved to Local Partnerships in 2014, where he represented a centre of expertise for commercial and financial best practice to strengthen the understanding of the public sector.