#MeetADS: Simon Levy, Head of UK Defence Business Development

Simon joined ADS in July 2018 heading up Business Development within our defence team and is based in our London office.

With a focus on the UK market, he helps members, and in particular SMEs, access opportunities and insight that in turn creates more membership value and ROI. Recent activity includes an engaging with Team Tempest briefing and a meet the primes event in the USA where 260 representatives from Boeing attended.

Simon brought a wealth of knowledge within the air domain to this role and has rapidly grown his experience and enthusiasm across the broader defence realm.

Primarily engaging with and supporting industry, he leads on key ADS activity including:

  • UK supplier engagement events
  • Fireside chats with senior Front-Line Commands
  • Regional defence briefings
  • Maritime, land and air annual industry update briefings
  • Business development opportunities with a focus on the UK SME supply chain

He also oversees a number of our defence committees and special interest groups including the Defence SME Committee, Defence Mid-Tier Forum, Training and Simulation Industry Group, C6I, New Professionals Forum, Sustainable Procurement Working Group and High Powered Radio Frequency Forum.

In addition, Simon works closely with the membership team supporting new members as they start their engagement with ADS, ensuring they get maximum value out of their membership.

Conferences and events

Simon’s career started in business and consumer events which led him into a career in healthcare building a conference division for a medical publisher. He then headed up business development for the BMJ Group. After 10 years in the health sector, he joined the Royal Aeronautical Society as Head of Business Development before taking up the business development role at ADS.

Outside of work Simon has two loves in life: his two sons and Chelsea FC. His hopes are that his boys will have a career in aviation as they have sadly inherited their father’s football skills so playing for Chelsea is no longer an option.

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Already an ADS Member? Find out more about activities, programmes and opportunities by contacting Simon.Levy@adsgroup.org.uk