Shimon Fhima

Director Strategic Programmes
Ministry of Defence (UK)

Shimon took up post as Director Strategic Programmes in the UK Ministry of Defence in March 2020. He is responsible for delivering a £1bn pa portfolio of programmes including Complex Weapons and Test & Evaluation, leading the MOD’s cooperation with international partners in military capabilities, defining the MOD’s approach to key sectors of the defence industry, and implementation of the 2017 National Shipbuilding Strategy.

He joined the MoD from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), where he was instrumental in delivering innovative policies and technologies to transform business areas into services that are world class, efficient and data driven. He is an experienced international negotiator, representing the UK in the EU and other international forums and is an accredited mediator. Most recently he led a portfolio of Major Government Projects covering internal transformation, EU Exit and external policy delivery.

Shimon has played a central part in shaping transformational strategies across government for the last ten years including Spending Review 2013. More recently he provided the strategic leadership and delivery of a cross-government programme (Future Borders) focused on a post-Brexit world of frictionless borders, driving the innovation and piloting key solutions.

Outside work Shimon volunteers as an emergency medical technician for a local ambulance organisation and sits as a trustee for an arts therapy charity. He received his MBE for services to government. He is married to Ilanah. They live in London with their four young children.

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