Cranfield University is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Simon Harwood as Director of Defence and Security.

He will join Cranfield in June 2015 from Boeing where he was Director of Strategy and Business Development for Phantom Works - International, which addresses emerging global market opportunities; he previously held various roles within the Ministry of Defence.

As Director of Defence and Security, Simon will work with colleagues and partners around the world to grow defence-related education and research across the University, and especially within Cranfield Defence and Security – the University’s embedded partnership within the Defence Academy of the UK at Shrivenham.  

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Cranfield’s Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are delighted to welcome Simon to the University. His experience with government and industry will enhance Cranfield’s unique expertise and capability in this important sector. His thought leadership and international outlook will help to deliver real impetus, practical leadership and further growth.”  

Dr Simon Harwood said: “It is with eager anticipation that I start work at Cranfield, growing and exploiting the unique set of capabilities, expertise and facilities to deliver practical solutions through research and education.  Cranfield Defence and Security makes a real difference to combat effectiveness and the lives of military personnel and civilians across the world.”  

Vice Admiral Duncan Potts CB, Director General of the Defence Academy, said: “Simon will help strengthen the relationship between Cranfield and the Defence Academy and help us to achieve our mutual ambition to be one of the world’s leading providers of defence and security education.”

In partnership with the Defence Academy, Cranfield provides teaching, research and consultancy in subjects ranging from explosives chemistry; shock physics; electronic warfare; cyber security; defence acquisition and strategic leadership and management, both nationally and internationally.

Simon Harwood
Dr Simon Harwood

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About Dr Simon Harwood
Dr Simon Harwood was educated at the University of Hull, where he gained an honours degree in Chemistry with bio-organic chemistry and toxicology and a PhD in liquid crystal chemistry.  His professional qualifications include a diploma in postgraduate education; Innovation in Business and Executive Leadership from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School and Building Businesses in Emerging Markets from the Harvard Business School.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Defence and Security

Cranfield University is one of the world's leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy.

Our staff and facilities are at the forefront of their fields, offering a diverse range of capabilities from energetics and forensic sciences to international stabilisation and cyber security.

Cranfield provides specialist knowledge to industry, security and emergency services, military, governments and NGOs, underpinning defence and security sector reform around the world. As a postgraduate academic provider to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, we offer a unique gateway to delivering practical education and solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military, security and civilian personnel.