Simon is Deputy Commander of 11th Infantry Brigade championing the Army’s presence and operational role in South East England as well as leading the Army’s strategic engagement in East Africa. He is a member of the civil military partnership boards for Kent, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, West Sussex and East Sussex. He chairs the regional employer engagement board to assure public/private partnership engagement and to deliver corporate and community covenant obligations. Simon as a Royal Anglian is an infantry officer and currently one of the Regiment’s 2 Deputy Colonels. He has extensive operational experience in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has held posts at the Strategic level in the MOD, in the old Defence Procurement Agency, worked for the Head of Human Resources for the Army and been responsible for the Army’s outreach and civil engagement at a national level. He has also spent considerable time working in education, having held 2 positions on the staff at the United Kingdom’s Defence Academy in Shrivenham. He has received public recognition for his service in Northern Ireland where he was Mentioned in Despatches, in Afghanistan where he was made an MBE and Iraq where he was made an OBE.