Simon Short first met Astriid’s founder David Shutts as they were serving together in the Royal Navy. Years and years later, utilising his own skills and experience in the business world, Simon is committed to continuing David’s legacy and helping Astriid to become more and more mainstream in the recruitment industry.
My name is Simon Short. I joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 as a Weapon Engineer Officer; I served for 15 years whilst also completing my Engineering Degree and a Masters in Electronic Communications. On leaving the Navy I joined Vodafone where I spent 7 years leading many Programmes, including the launch of 3G in the UK. I then moved to Capgemini as CTO for the UK business, then to Salesforce, where I ran the Customer Success function globally. I am now the COO of Advanced. I live in Newbury and have 2 daughters who have both just graduated from University.
David and I joined the Royal Navy together and became close friends. We’ve shared many experiences together and our families are closely connected. David’s diagnosis was a huge shock, but his passion and drive to make a difference for others was incredibly inspirational, and very much a mark of the man he was. We shaped the concept of Astriid together and it’s hugely important to me that I do everything I can to ensure this incredible legacy lives on and delivers the life-changing support for others that David envisioned.
For me, I think the biggest barrier is simply awareness. Everyone in business is always busy and time-conscious, and it’s easy to simply use only the well-established and usual channels for recruitment. In Astriid, we have to work to make this opportunity to recruit people with long-term illness part of normal processes, and raise the opportunity in the everyday consciousness of all of those that recruit people.
I would encourage people to be more open to possibility, and be flexible enough to think about how opportunities can be fulfilled in different ways. Doing so could have countless positive implications for both employers and prospective employees.
Something you may not know about me is that for about 3 years, I ran a multi-award-winning amateur dramatic society.