Simon Beal is a fledgling author of maritime history currently writing an anecdotal reference about the lives and times of naval dockyard workers and their experiences leading up to Trafalgar 200, and the Festival of the Sea 2005, at Portsmouth's Historic Naval Dockyard, England. He can often be found exploring the heritage site talking to the many characters that can be encountered, from carpenters and riggers helping to maintain Nelson's great flagship, HMS Victory, to modern fleet Admirals and visitors alike.
Beal is also the in-house IT consultant at the Criminology Research Institutes (CRI) Head Office. He has helped to develop online facilities and the re-launch of the world’s oldest and most prestigious professional journal of criminology. Responsibilities include the examination and assessment of evidence relating to electronic fraud and to assist in the development and teaching of counter-fraud techniques. Past experience in development of multimedia & financial software, and pioneered work on touch-screen wireless electronic point-of-sale devices (EPOS). As a self-employed software engineer has successfully completed contracts for such companies as The Audit Commission, National Grid, NHS, IBM Multi-media, Frost & Sullivan, DataMonitor, Marketline International, Snapshots International, Beaufort Group plc, and Data-Design.