Simon signs up as first patron as North Herts College builds links with business sector

North Herts College's Hitchin campus

North Herts College's Hitchin campus - Credit: Archant

An entrepreneur with a track record of success in the entertainment industry is the first to sign up to a new patron scheme launched by North Herts College to build closer links with industry.

Simon Harvey, who lives in Hitchin, has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in show business over three decades.

He’s helped build big name music, TV and video games brands including Guitar Hero and worked with global music star Peter Gabriel and Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis, and he’s also advised the government on policy issues relating to entertainment, technology and education.

Through his work with Letchworth-based The Grays Group and its Construction Skills Academy he’s been close to developments at the college and its new parent Hart Learning Group, and he likes what he sees.

Simon said: “The Hart group has some great people and some amazing students.

“I believe we all have a part to play in helping young people and learners – we just have to stand up and help make things happen.

“I passionately support the group’s plans for engaging businesses in the design and delivery of education programmes, while working with businesses to help them invest intelligently in emerging talent.

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“I’m looking forward to supporting the group over the years to come – including encouraging others to step forward and make a similar contribution.”

College principal Matt Hamnett said: “Everything we do is about helping our students to fulfil their potential in their chosen occupation. To do that we need to work closely with business, and the community, to provide students with a rich, relevant experience.

“Our patron programme is about recognising the special contributions made by specific individuals.”

Find out more about the college’s plans at

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