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Justine Simons OBE

Justine Simons OBE

Head of Culture for the Mayor of London

Justine is the Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries. Previously serving as the Head of Culture for the Mayor of London, she is also the founder the of the World Cities Culture Forum.

Justine was Head of Culture for the Mayor of London for over a decade and has played a central role in the cultural revitalisation of London. She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for Services to Culture in London.

Justine has conceived and delivered the Mayor’s statutory culture strategy since the inception of the GLA. She shaped the Mayor’s Investment Strategy for the creative industries and overseen City Hall’s work across music, theatre, film, fashion, design, games and art – including building the Fourth Plinth Commission into the UK’s biggest sculpture prize. Justine founded and is Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum and played a lead role in the cultural programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – staging the capital’s biggest ever festival with over 5000 events. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Justine spent over a decade in the field of contemporary dance, producing, commissioning and running festivals and venues.

She serves on the board of the British Fashion Council, and is a member of the Arts Council of England’s London Council and the British Council Arts Advisory Group.