Major General Simon Hutchings OBE FCILT, Director of Joint Support, MOD
Simon Hutchings is Director of Joint Support, a new organisation that stood up in Apr 20 as part of the wider Defence Support operating model. He is responsible for planning and delivering performance excellence, assurance, compliance, and shared services (including a new CIO/CTO function) across Support. Joint Support, through Defence Supply Chain and Operational Movements (DSCOM), also controls and coordinates the Strategic Base and Strategic Air Transportation.
Prior to taking up this appointment he was Head of Commissioning and Managing Organisation (CMO) responsible for managing and assuring the £7.5Bn contract for Logistics Commodities and Services Transformation (LCST) with Team Leidos.
He undertook an External Industry Placement with AECOM in its Civil Infrastructure Division for 9 months. Working within the Global PMO, the placement provided experience and exposure to complex major National Infrastructure projects, including project delivery and the commercial aspects of bidding, project set-up, negotiation and dispute.
Early appointments in the Army included service in Germany, Northern Ireland and the UK. He was Deputy Chief of Staff for 1 Mechanised Brigade and was a Squadron Commander in 3 Logistics Support Regiment. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel he was posted to the MOD Operations Directorate during the period of ‘double medium’ operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He took command of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC in August 2009 and deployed the Regiment to Afghanistan as the Theatre Logistic Group in 2010. From 2011-15 as a Colonel, he was the Assistant Director Logistic Strategy and Plans in Army HQ and the Assistant Head Operations, Defence Support Chain and Operational Movements (DSCOM) in DE&S. He commanded 104 Logistic Support Brigade from 2015 to 2017, which comprised over 4,500 specialist support troops providing the UK’s only land theatre enabling capability.
Operational experience includes tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and he was awarded the MBE in 2004 and OBE in 2011. He has attended both the Advanced and Higher Command Staff Courses and he has an MA in Defence Technology from Cranfield University, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and graduated from the SAID/Oxford Business School’s Major Projects Leadership Academy.
Simon is President of British Army Motorsport, Army Tug of War and RLC Hockey. He has a passion for telemark skiing, mountaineering, running and motorsport, although his burgeoning car collection must now be hidden.
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