Meet The Team

The people who make Hethel

David Taitt


David has 30 years’ engineering experience in engine research and development with Lucas CAV (now Delphi Diesel Systems), Ford (Dunton) and Lotus, at all levels from development engineer to engineering director. Major achievements include leading the development of the Opel Family-1 16-valve engine, the establishment of Lotus Engineering operations in Detroit and Kuala Lumpur and the realisation of the Hethel Engineering Centre as a national centre of excellence for advanced engineering and manufacturing and low-carbon vehicle technology. David currently works as an independent engineering consultant, researching for a Ph.D. in Applied Thermofluids at Loughborough University and holding the position of Chairman of Hethel Engineering Centre in Norfolk, UK.

Simon Coward

Managing Director of Innovation & Enterprise

Simon started out as a graduate Chemical Engineer designing, commissioning and managing chemical plants in the UK and abroad working for such companies as Shell and BNFL. Following completion of the Fellowship in Manufacturing Management at Cranfield University, Simon took up manufacturing management roles in a variety of businesses. Before his current role, Simon managed a manufacturing site supplying the automotive sector including Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Honda, Jaguar and Land Rover.

As Managing Director of Innovation & Enterprise Hubs for Norfolk County Council Simon manages the enterprise hubs Hethel Engineering Centre (HEC) for the advanced engineering & manufacturing sector, focused on growing the knowledge economy through collaborative innovation, sector focused economic development and business demand driven skills training.

Sally Harradence

Centre Manager

Sally has undertaken the role of Centre Manager of HEC since its inception in 2005. Since opening Sally has built up strong relationships with tenants, and focused on delivering first class customer service in such areas as conferencing and catering. Sally manages the day to day finances, operation and maintenance of HEC and in 2010 achieved 100% occupancy. Since then Sally has overseen the construction of a 10,000 sq ft extension of 12 incubators which was fully occupied within three months.