Simon’s career started in the steel manufacturing industry in 1995 learning mechanical design and fabrication. As technology advanced so did his skill set and he moved into product design for the food service sector working for clients such as Nestle, Unilever and Virgin.
As part of the end to end product design process, planning and project management became more and more part of his working life and this became something he decided to focus on as he took a job as a project manager working with in the London Underground supply chain. Being accustomed to processes and procedures within the LU network he moved to work directly for London Underground during the PPP contract (Public Private Partnership) working closely with Metronet and their suppliers.
It was here that his career as a planner finally took shape working on stations and line upgrade projects. He became a full time planner working on the Victoria Line Upgrade (VLU) and was then promoted to Programme Planning Manager in 2006.
After successful delivery of the VLU (ahead of schedule) he became head of planning for deep tube line upgrades and subsequently head of planning at Transport for London (TfL) where he was responsible for planning within capital projects across all transport modes. He was also heavily involved in planning and controls career development, including direct responsibility for the TfL planning apprenticeship.
Simon joined HS2 in 2015 as head of programme planning where he was responsible for planning and planning capability on one of the largest infrastructure programmes in Europe. He is a member of the APM board, chairman of the APM Volunteer Steering Group and co-author of the APM SIG Guide on Planning Monitoring and Control