Chief Naval Architect
Simon Jones - Chief Naval Architect
A Chartered Naval Architect with more than 20 years’ experience in ship design since graduating from Newcastle University in 1995, Simon is responsible for BMT’s delivery of ship design projects to shipyards, providing direction and leadership to multi-disciplined design teams and ensuring delivery of projects efficiently with appropriate assurance.
Simon’s experience spans the shipbuilding lifecycle, from concept to delivery. He has worked in both Commercial and Naval shipyards as well as design consultancy, where he developed ship design management processes and tools, and also gained experience of cost modelling, CAD modelling and data management technologies. He has held positions with responsibilities including project management, ship design management, ship layout design, structural design, stability and hydromechanics, for ship new building and conversion projects.
Simon’s experience of commercial ship design stems from having worked for Cammell Laird for 6 years. Involved with concept and detailed design for a number of ship conversion projects including cable layers, seismic survey vessels, drill ships, ferries and cruise ships, Simon was responsible for the Naval Architecture discipline within Cammell Laird Tyneside and then moved on to become Special Projects Naval Architect for Cammell Laird Group. He spent time working at shipyards in Merseyside, Tyneside and Wearside.
During his BMT career, Simon has held the position of Design Manager for the MARS (Tide Class) Tanker project for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and also for the Logistic and Support Vessel (LSV) design for the Royal Norwegian Navy. Prior to those roles, Simon was seconded to the CVF/QEC aircraft carrier project as Lead Integration Engineer, where he was responsible for the development of a 3D CAD model to de-risk the design as well as the study of integration issues and investigation of build strategy options.