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Justine Simons

Justine Simons

Policy maker

From dance to capital development, Justine is charged with the overall responsibility for the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy.

Justine has worked for the Mayor of London for over 8 years. As the Head of Department, she has overall responsibility for the Mayor’s Cultural Strategy leading on various projects including London’s film, fashion, music, theatre, international cultural exchange, visual arts, cultural policy, capital developments and regenerationand arts in the public realm. She spearheaded the capital'sCreative Industries Environmental Programme spanning theatre, film, music and the visual arts. She is the Director of the Mayor’s flagship public art commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and has alsotaken ona lead role in the development ofthe cultural programmefor the forthcoming 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Justine worked in the field of contemporary dance for ten years. She was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of England to train as a Dance Producer assisting the directors of Nottingham Playhouse and The Place Theatre. She became Acting Director of Greenwich Dance Agency and later the Director of Chisenhale Dance Space. She accepted the position of Director of Creative Industries at Talent Skills 2000, a charity that works with young people to create pathways between the creative industries and socially exclude groups. She has also worked as a consultant for the National Theatre and the Independent Theatre Council.

Justine is currently Vice Chair of the Thames Festival, aboard member of Artichoke, a member of the Platform for Art Steering Group, which is a London Underground public art commissioning programme andChair of the Big Dance Legacy Programme for 2012.