Simon Kimble Chairman

Simon’s time with the Royal Air Force spanned six years in the 1980s before turning his attention to the exhibitions industry.

Moving to 1999, he then became Managing Director of a joint venture between Haymarket Publishing and the BBC, which saw him work across a plethora of TV-related content events.

Two years later, Simon joined Clarion Events which at the time was a small exhibition organising company, acting as a subsidiary of Earls Court and Olympia Group before it became a standalone business in 2004. During his time with them Simon oversaw the growth of Clarion into an industry leading events company, specialising in digital, publishing, exhibitions and conferences.

In 2023, Simon joined RAFCTE as chairman with this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo set to be his first.