Simon is Chief Executive Officer for the Atkins Middle East & Africa business. He leads the 2000-strong Atkins business across the Middle East and Africa, delivering world-class multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, supervision, design management and project / programme delivery across infrastructure, rail and property sectors. Simon is a successful and highly motivated business leader, with a track-record of delivering challenging and sustainable business growth, as well as business turnaround ~ through development of significant client relationships, innovative strategic positioning, effective change management, and real talent management. He joined Atkins in 1996 from British Aerospace (BAe Systems) and was instrumental in building the Atkins defence systems business, ultimately as its Managing Director. In addition, he has held key positions across the company as Managing Director Design & Engineering, Commercial Director for Design and Engineering Solutions, and Group Business Improvement Director. Simon is also Executive Sponsor for the Atkins parent company (SNC Lavalin) digital transformation programme.