Previously UK Operations Leadership & Development Manager for AstraZeneca, Simon project managed and lead the introduction of the AZ North West Apprentice programme across four business areas – Recruiting over eighty apprentices in three years who undertook twelve individual standards/frameworks.
Simon led on the introduction of the Apprentice Levy to AZ and use of the portal being responsible for the distribution of funds and selection of providers.
He worked with external providers to introduce a two tier manager and leader development programme leading to ILM Levels 3 &5.
Simon was the AZ representative on the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership a Government and pharmaceutical industry partnership and has experience of the retail and financial sectors where he held various leadership development roles.
He restructured the Graduate Development programme, including recruitment and assessment centre process which lead to an increase in the calibre of recruits and halved recruitment costs and he designed and introduced a Personal Development Planner and Competency Development Guide for 7,500 staff across the UK branch network.