Simon Willocks



Lower Peover Primary School, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive (GCSE’s), South Cheshire College (ONC / HNC) – Part-time, Mid Cheshire College (HND) – Part-time, Manchester Metropolitan University (BEng(Hons) – Part-time, Open University (MBA) – Distance Learning


MBA (Masters in Business Administration) studied at the Open University, BEng (Hons) Mechatronics – Combined study of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering,

Work History:

1988 – 2002 – ILFORD Imaging, 2002 – 2007 ConvaTec, 2007 to date AstraZeneca (MedImmune)

Current Job:

Director – Engineering, Facilities & SHE


AstraZeneca Global Biologics

Me and my work

Head of a Function of 29 Engineering and SHE (Safety, Health & Environment) profressionals – helping to ensure the availability of safe, compliant effective and reliable manufacturing facility for global supply of a flu vaccine.

My Typical Day

Starts at 8am – Reviewing the events of the previous day, agreeing the priorties for the day / week ahead… lots of meetings, planning medium to longer term activities i.e purchasing of new equipment, site development and site activities. Lots one one to one meetings with my direct reports and have at least one, one to one catch up with a members of my team – informal chat…. Monday – Reviewing how we performed as a team during the last 7 days – look ahead over the coming week(s). Site Leadership Team meeting on a Tuesday and Friday. Cross site meetings on a Thursday, varitey of teams developing ideas and best practice – Engineering Professional Development, Risk Management, Helping to support the MerseySTEM Big Bang Fair to be held in Liverpool in July … Hope to see you there !!!

What I'd do with the money

I’d help identify a school where it would make the greatest difference – a school where opportunities are minimal – hoping that it would make a real difference and inspire an array of students…A career in Engineering is very rewarding…I’d like others to share this experience

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Ambitious, witty, family

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Queen, Boxer Rebellion, Linkin Park… anything with a beat and tune !

What's your favourite food?

Chilli and Rice

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Mountain biking and canoeing weekends with my son’s in the Lake District…

What did you want to be after you left school?

An Engineer …..

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Yes… In primary school I had to spend part of the day in reception class

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

Helping scientist saves lives…..

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?

I’d like to be involved in film production… cameraman or editor….

Tell us a joke.

What do you call a chicken looking a lettuce…..??? Chicken sees a salad !!!!

Other stuff

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