Today, Heathrow farewells Simon Newbold after 27 years of service at the airport during which time he created the first nationally recognised airside certificate and trained hundreds of colleagues in airside operations.
Having started his career in September 1990 as a graduate management trainee, Simon has first-hand experience of what it means to learn new skills and build your career at the airport.
Like our current graduate scheme, Simon spent the two years venturing into several areas of the airport, including Baggage, Security and Airfield Operations. After completing the scheme Simon decided to make a career change and take on an operational role as Airfield Operations Marshaller.
“It wasn’t in the plan” explained Simon, “having completed a management graduate programme we were expected to take on a support role, but I wanted to be in the thick of it out on the airfield.”
From Airfield Operations Marshaller, Simon moved into an Airfield Planning Officer role, leading on major maintenance works at the airport. He then returned to the front-line operation and was promtly promoted to a Supervisor, and took on a leading role in the training programme.
This dedication to training then saw him promoted to his current role as Airside Operations Training Manager.This dedication was also demonstrated outside the airport in his additional role as the co-chair of the Aviation Industry Skills Board.
In this role, Simon took a lead in the creation of the first nationally recognised Airside Operations certificate, known as the National Certificate in Airside Operations (NCAO).The certificate has been praised by several aviation leaders, including the CAA, and the first person to receive the qualification was our very own Heathrow colleague, Harry Cooper.
Simon’s knowledge and passion of the airport also saw him host over 100 tours as the airport, become a star in the media by featuring in TV and Magazine articles about the airport, and most recently featured in Heathrow: Britain’s busiest airport.
From all of us at Heathrow – we say thank you to Simon for his incredible service at the airport.