Simon Passey received his BSc (Hons) in Applied Geology from Oxford Brookes University in 1999 and PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2004. His PhD focused on the volcanic and sedimentary evolution of the Faroe Islands and Faroe-Shetland Basin that involved extensive fieldwork and examination of offshore borehole material. The project was supervised by Brian Bell and funded by a NERC case studentship with Statoil UK Ltd.
Following his PhD Simon spent seven years with the Faroese Earth and Energy Directorate (formerly the Faroese Geological Survey) as a geologist, where his main role was revising the lithostratigraphy of the volcanic succession and examining the potential of intra-volcanic hydrocarbon plays. In January 2008, he was appointed the Head of the Geology Department that also involved overseeing geological investigations on civil engineering projects.
Simon joined CASP in March 2011 as part of the East Greenland Project, before becoming the project leader of the Flood Basalt Impact on Hydrocarbon Systems Project in 2012. He became Industry Geology Coordinator in 2019.