Simon Jewell

Managing Director at Niteworks

Simon Jewell, Managing Director, Niteworks

Simon is Managing Director Niteworks where he has responsibility for leading the UK MOD-industry Niteworks partnership. Niteworks exists to provide practical, impartial responses to complex defence problems by combining evidence, experience and innovation from across the whole defence enterprise, including MOD, Dstl, industry and academia, in an agile and timely fashion. The partnership provides support to MOD decision makers in the fields of operations, acquisition and capability.

In addition to his Niteworks role, Simon is Chairman of the Steering Board of the Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation and Assessment programme (ASTRAEA) that seeks to open the airspace to the routine, non-segregated operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). In this capacity, in 2013 he received on behalf of ASTRAEA the society’s Team Silver Medal for work contributing to major advances or contributions in aerospace. He is also Chair of a lifecycle management governance role for the Typhoon combat aircraft.

He has extensive experience in business development, sales, marketing, technology and strategy roles, including international experience gained during a two-year tour in Washington DC. During his 37 years in defence his senior roles have included, Managing Director Strategic Capability Solutions, Managing Director Future Systems and Vice President European Marketing. Between 2005-2011 he was Chairman of the UK MOD Systems Engineering for Autonomous Systems Defence Technology Centre (SEAS DTC).

Before joining BAE Systems’ Dynamics Division in 1985, Simon served in the British Infantry and as a Captain in the Royal Artillery, spending four years in Germany before joining the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force and serving a further two years in the Middle East. In 1998, he attended the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) and undertook post-graduate studies in International Relations. He holds a first-class honours degree in Information and Communication Technologies and a Masters in Technology Management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, acts as a STEM Ambassador and serves as a school governor.

Simon is married to Tracy and they have three children.