In June 2013 following successful appointments as Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable within Norfolk, Mr Bailey was promoted to Temporary Chief Constable and in September 2013 was appointed Chief. In January 2014 Mr Bailey became the National Police Chiefs Council lead for Child Protection Abuse Investigation and in May 2016 became national lead for Violence and Public Protection.
He has a Master’s degree from Cambridge University and an honorary doctorate from Bedford University.
In January 2016, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
In June 2021, Mr Bailey retired from the constabulary but continues his work in the field of child protection. In his new roles he is the Chair of the Policing Institute for the East Region, Strategic Engagement Director for the Child Rescue Coalition, working for the Home Office, a member of the National Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and is a trustee of the Norfolk Community Foundation. In the Queen’s birthday honours of 2022 Simon was awarded the Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to policing and child protection.