Growing up in the North East of England during the 1970s and 80s provided Simon Harwood with a valuable perspective on life which he’ll never forget, and from which he draws daily inspiration. The need to be friendly, open, honest, faithful, and hardworking were things he saw during his childhood that have left an imprint on who he is today.
His early involvement with the military, through both his family and the air cadets, led Simon, from very early in life, to pursue a career with the military. After a few brief years with the RAF, he was lucky enough to gain a PhD and find his way back into the Civil Service with the MOD. Working across the world and across the Government he was exposed to many different experiences and roles that have stood him in good stead for his career.
Following 8 years in the industry with the Boeing company, today Simon is both an academic (Director of Defence and Security work at Cranfield University) and a (local) politician.