Simone started as the CE at 42nd Street in July 2014, leading an incredible team of qualified and experienced mental health practitioners, (from therapeutic, counselling, youth work and social work backgrounds) and artists in partnership with mental health professionals, GPs, teachers, A and E, social care and VCSEs colleagues. With an honour’s degree in Psychology and an MA in Youth and Community Work, Simone has been working with children, young people, families and communities for over 25 years driven by a passion for equality, social justice, youth empowerment and creativity. Simone cut her teeth in the public sector Youth Services, Children’s Centres and Extended Schools and then went on to lead the UK Child Poverty Programme at Save the Children. With teams across the Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland England Simone scaled up a programme that responded to the local political infrastructures of each nation and delivered meaningful and relevant outcomes for children, young people and families. Simone developed her leadership skills for 2 years at Keep Britain Tidy, negotiating a complex merger and restructure to re-establish the charity after £8M cuts to their central budget. Simone is delighted to be a part of 42nd Street in her home of Greater Manchester at a very exciting time of health social and cultural devolution. She has led the successful integration of the Greater Manchester Mental Health VCSEs into the structures and shaping of the Greater Manchester Mental Health Strategy and has played an integral part in both the response to the MEN arena Attack and responses to COVID-19. Simone is married to a talented pyro-technician Peter and they have two children Amy, aged 28 a musician and neuro-psychologist and Flo, aged 13, a ray of sunshine, dancer, singer-songwriter and dancer; they all teach her something new every day.