Simon Newbold, an airfield operations consultant, began his career at then BAA Heathrow in September 1990. During his time spent there, he worked in a variety of front line operational and managerial roles before spending four years as an Airfield Planning Manager, before returning to the front-line operation as a supervisor. Dedication to the role and his knowledge meant that he was in demand to lead on training for all new starter and existing staff. His work soon expanded to a wider audience, and even saw him co-chair a special interest group feeding into the Aviation Industry Skills Board. Simon’s passion and knowledge for all things in the operation and the airports’ history has seen him train over 100 staff. After 27 and a half years Simon left Heathrow in February 2018 to take on a new challenge working for the high-profile Airport Management Consultancy firm APMC.