Simon is a high performance, multi-talented Senior Executive with aviation/airline pedigree, recently applied to the world of skills and training across multiple sectors. Bringing drive, inspirational leadership, pragmatic insights and solutions to meet demanding profit, capability and technology related objectives. Outstanding track record meeting diverse operational, technical, commercial and people-development challenges in the highly regulated, competitive and customer-driven aviation and skills/training industry. Demonstrated transferable skills through transitioning success through to the retail and other sectors. A visionary with outstanding record of facilitating / leading the adoption of new or improved strategies and processes with a passion for continuous improvement and adding value through people
Simon is a highly experienced transportation operations, engineering, regulatory, education, skills & training senior executive with a career spanning all aspects of airline and aviation operations - latterly working across other sectors. An Executive Director on the Boards of 5 regional airlines, including for British Airways, initially in an Engineering/Technical capacity and latterly responsible for all aspects of airline operations (COO role) he is a regular conference speaker.
He was most recently at City & Guilds/ILM Group as a Director. Prior to this, he created and was then Director of the Training Academy at Flybe - considered by many to be a nationally significant Academy. A GoSkills Board Member/Chairman of the GoSkills Aviation Industry Board, he also established and chaired the Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board.
Born near London and a Graduate from Queen Mary College, University of London, in Aeronautical/Electronic Engineering, he also spent 9 years with the UK Civil Aviation Authority in flight test and transport aeroplane certification, including responsibility for the Boeing 777 programme. He started his career with Bristow Helicopters, moving to Racal/Decca in the development, marketing/sales of navigation/mission management systems involving significant worldwide experience