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Simon Willson

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Simon has over 20 years experience in Telecommunications, Power, Oil & Gas, Nuclear Decommissioning, Design Management and large scale construction projects.  This includes over 10 years planning experience, IT integration (database testing and commissioning), project management, risk analysis and reporting and document management.  He has worked predominantly in the UK and in the Middle East for the last year and has managed teams on complex projects. 

His background is predominately in Telecommunications, having served an apprenticeship in the Royal Corps of Signals.  In the private sector, Simon went on to work on a number of telecommunications projects for UK Government agencies. 

On joining Mott MacDonald, Simon went on to provide corporate programme monitoring and reporting for a private sector defence client reporting to the UK MoD.  This involved, monitoring the major construction and technical projects across many portfolios, maintenance of the company’s master schedule, reporting on progress, annual affordability reviews and corporate change control.  During this time, Simon was part of the team responsible for a major upgrade of the company’s planning software which included the definition and roll out of the management work breakdown structure.   

His next assignment was working as a team leader and Primavera Database Administrator within a joint venture Alliance, reporting to the Planning Manager and leading a team of 6 planners delivering projects all over the South East of England for National Grid, using P6. 

Simon is currently working in the Middle East on a number of ventures with Mott MacDonald. 

Simon is very passionate about gaining recognition for the planning function along with increasing the overall technical competency and global accreditation for planners.  Simon currently lives with his wife Heather in Dubai and enjoys traveling, cooking, watching sport and planning his next life adventure.

Simon is a member of the Association of Project Management.

Professional Since: 
Nov-2004 (17.2 yrs experience)
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Feb 2006 (16.0 yrs experience, WARNING: 1.3 years variance with Professional Since)
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