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Justine Simons OBE

Justine Simons OBE

Head of Culture for the Mayor of London

Justine is charged with the overall responsibility for the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy and is Chair of the World Cities Cultural Forum.

As Head of Culture for the Mayor of London for over a decade, Justine has played a central role in the cultural revitalization of London - with Mayors from both sides of the political spectrum.

Justine founded and is the Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum - a major global initiative on culture and the future of cities involving 30 cities around the world. She believes culture is the essential ingredient in cities and that no city can succeed and thrive in the 21st century without it.

She leads London’s Cultural Policy, shapes the Mayor’s Investment Strategy for the Creative Industries which covers film, fashion and design. As well as overseeing City Hall’s work across music, theatre, international cultural exchange, visual arts and arts in the public realm - including building the Fourth Plinth Commission into the UK’s biggest sculpture prize.

Justine played a lead role in the cultural programme for the London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - both as lead for the Mayor of London and Associate Creative Producer for the London Festival 2012. Unusually she was involved in the entire process - from the inception and initial bid document through to spearheading the biggest cultural festival ever staged in London.

She serves on the boards of the British Fashion Council, British Film Commission, London Design Festival and the Artichoke Trust.  Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Justine worked in the field of contemporary dance for ten years with a variety of leading venues.