Simon Collins

EAME Future Talent Development Director , Caterpillar

Currently the Future Talent Development Manager for Caterpillar’s Europe, Africa & Middle East region, Simon has almost 25 years’ experience of human resource management, the last 7 of which have been with Caterpillar, the world’s biggest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment.

Simon is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, (CIPD) actively involved in the Institute’s “Steps Ahead” mentoring programme with young unemployed people, and is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Ambassador promoting engineering careers to school students.

In his previous role as HR Manager for Caterpillar’s business based at Desford in Leicestershire, Simon implemented a number of initiatives that were recently recognised by two accolades: Caterpillar was named as one of the UK’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers by The National Apprenticeship Service and City & Guilds as a result of the apprenticeship schemes operated at Desford which, since their inception in 2011, have provided training and work experience to over 200 young people; the Business also won the People & Skills category of the 2012 Manufacturer of the Year awards, reflecting the significant work undertaken at Desford not only in terms of the development of the existing workforce, but also the highly effective relationship between the management team and the trades union, and the promotion of STEM related careers to young people in the local area.

Simon is now leading Caterpillar’s future talent strategy that seeks to provide an increased understanding of STEM related careers in general, and, more specifically, those available within Caterpillar, in order to increase the number of young people working towards the appropriate qualifications and providing the company with a sustainable pipeline of future talent.