Formerly Senior Engineering Manager at Frederic Robinson Brewery, Simon operated as part of the Senior Management Team until June 2014 overseeing all engineering and energy related matters across the two company sites based in Stockport.
Simons early career saw him undertake a four year electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering apprenticeship during which time he attained both his electrical installation and testing qualifications but also an HNC in electrical and electronic engineering.
An interim career then encompassed change management within the electrical industry, engineering management with the steel and textile industries and as consulting engineer working alongside Mike Hitchen during the installation of Mike’s own micro brewery.
The Brewing Industry
Finally 2002 saw him realise two boyhood dreams (1) To work in the brewing industry and (2) To work for his hometown brewery Frederic Robinson Ltd where Simon attained both his Masters in Business and brewing qualifications whilst undertaking the IBD Diploma in Brewing and Packaging examinations.
During his 12 years covering both the Unicorn Brewery and the Unicorn Packaging Centre, Simon was responsible for the management of a large team of highly skilled, multi-disciplined engineers maintaining brewing, tanker intake, tank farm, bottling and packaging, warehousing and distribution and essential site services such as electrical distribution, steam and CO2 raising plant, boreholes and mains water supplies.
Further; Simon was involved in the delivery of a significant number of large capital investment projects relating to new brewing and packaging equipment including self adhesive labelling (PSL), wet glue labelling, pasteurisation, Petainer filling and fermentation temperature control to name but a few.
Part of the BEA (Brewing Engineers Association) and the IBD (Institute of Brewers and Distillers – Great Northern Section) for many years, he immersed himself in an industry he very quickly came to love often organising events and delivering presentations to the brewing community.
A member of the Robinsons HACCP and Internal Auditing teams, he played a key role in the companies attainment, year on year, of BRC (British Retail Consortium) accreditation at the Higher Level allowing for continuing trade with multi-national supermarket chains for both Robinsons own products and contract packaging clients and also the attainment of approved supplier status for Marks and Spencer, AB Inbev and Molson Coors.
The “Did That Really Happen” Moment
A drummer and rock music fan, Simons DTRH moment has to be his involvement as part of the Robinsons Team that delivered the Iron Maiden “Trooper” Beer to the cask ale and rock community, not only here in the UK but globally, meeting Bruce Dickinson himself on a number of occasions during his visits to Unicorn Brewery.
Simons legacy will however remain cast in stainless steel and brick as a result of the trust placed in him, by the Chairman and Directors of Frederic Robinson Ltd when he was asked and duly accepted the challenge to project manage the design, build and installation of the multi-million pound, fully automated Krones Steinecker brewhouse which is now proudly open to the public as part of the Robinsons visitors experience.