Meet Simon

Name and age: Simon Witts, 53  

What's your job title? Production Team Leader

Where did you grow up? Chipping Norton moved to Gloucester at the age of 14.

How do you explain what you do to your kids / grandchildren / parents (how many do you have if of note)? I have two daughters still living at home, 21 and 22. They think it’s amazing that we can make diamonds from the sky.

What’s the furthest / most exciting place you have travelled to? My wife and I travelled to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon. It was a beautiful island.

What does a diamond signify to you? Expensive luxury jewellery.

What do you think is the biggest scientific breakthrough in recent years and why? Breakthroughs in modern medicine to fight cancers.

What makes you get up in the morning with a spring in your step? We have recently acquired a puppy, springer spaniel. It’s a joy to come down and see him in the morning, wagging his tail.

How do you spend your free time? Cycling and participating in time trialling. I enjoy tinkering and going to car meets with my modern classic 20-year-old BMW Z4.