Simon Says employs part-time office staff:
Chief Operations Officer: Georgie Bennett
Georgie joined Simon Says in 2014. Georgie trained as a teacher and graduated from Winchester University with a BA (Hons) in Education and English but started her career in the corporate world.
Georgie is now responsible for the day to day running and growth of Simon Says and has taken the volunteers under her wing.
Fundraising & PR Manager: Kimberley Elliott
Kimberley joined Simon Says in 2016.
Kimberley has been involved in marketing communications and PR for over 20 years in both the IT and hospitality sectors. More recently she has been involved in social media projects and has been part of a large capital fundraising project to develop a local community asset. Kimberley is responsible for fundraising and raising awareness of the charity within Hampshire.
Fundraising Administrator: Jane Burton
Jane joined Simon Says in 2013 with experience of secretarial, administration and organising events at a high corporate level. Jane supports the office with fundraising events and raising awareness.
Schools Adviser – Mark Hughes-Jones
Mark is our Schools Adviser and, along with others, has developed workshops and resources that support staff who work with bereaved children. He has a teaching background and was the Head of Department in PSHE before going on to be an advisor for a Local Education Authority. He then spent 8 years as a trainer and business owner where he worked with over 40,000 pupils and staff in 500 UK schools.
Mark also voluntarily leads the Young Persons Group (11-18) for the charity. When he’s not helping Simon Says he runs an on-line business designing and selling digital products to teachers in schools worldwide.
Ben Richards – Chair of Trustees
Ben has been involved in the Stationery industry since leaving school and started his own company ‘Whitegrove’ in 1993. Whitegrove became part of the Office Team Group in 2005 and at the time of the sale had grown to a £20M organisation with 150 staff. Since stepping down from the executive running of the company, Ben has been involved in Governance of Schools, The Princes Trust and property development.
Nicola Priest – Vice Chair
Nicola began her NHS career as a Speech and Language Therapist, working across the Southampton area in hospitals, community settings and schools. Throughout her subsequent career with the health service, she has worked in education and service improvement roles to ensure the delivery of improved safety and quality of care for patients. She has completed an MSc in Leadership and Management at Southampton University in 2013 and currently works for NHS England across Wessex in the role of Associate Director for Nursing.
Brian Adams – Finance
At the tender age of 15 Brian began working as a clerk for a dairy produce company, and rose through the ranks to become a managing director in 1974. After 32 years continuous employment he set up his own successful delicatessens business in Southampton. After 10 years of being his own boss, the economic situation at the time forced him to become an employee again. This time he entered the building trade working directly with customers buying building materials. Brian is now retired and continues to be an active member of a local bowls club and very much enjoys his involvement in all aspects of Simon Says.
Sarah Worsfold – Governance Lead
Sarah is a clinician and researcher working at the University of Southampton. She has worked predominantly with people who have hearing and listening difficulties first as a Speech and Language Therapist and more recently also on projects looking at outcomes of newborn hearing screening. She is an Advisor on Hearing Impairment to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
David Vidler – Marketing
Following his daughter’s involvement as a Volunteer for Simon Says, and having met the team at various Simon Says events and discovered what a lovely bunch of people they were and what wonderful work they do for the children, David wanted to become more involved and thus became a Trustee. He brings over 25 years of business experience to assist the Simon Says team, as a Business Analyst and Managing Partner of his company for over 16 years; as well as other business interests. In addition to this David has previously held chairperson positions with school governance and also parent associations.
Paul Bright – Safeguarding & Support
Paul is currently the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Hampshire. He has been in the Hampshire Constabulary for many years and has risen through the ranks to Chief Inspector as head of the Criminal Justice Department. Since retiring Paul has worked for Wiltshire County Council, Somerset Relate, Wessex Youth Offending Team. He was the Chief Executive of Relate for North and East Hampshire and Borders before moving to his current role. Paul was a Board member of Enterprise M3(EM3) before sitting on the Hampshire Partnership.
Fiona Holland – Families & Volunteers
Following her the death of her husband, Fiona and her then young daughter joined the Simon Says Support group. Having been supported by the Charity through a difficult period in their lives, Fiona wanted to give something back. In May 2016 Fiona started volunteering for the Charity and is now representing families and volunteers on the Trustee Board. During the day Fiona works as a Civil Servant and works with young people.
Liz Donegan – Fundraising & Development
Liz has worked in the charity sector since 1996, and currently leads a Citizens Advice service. With a background in working with young offenders and fundraising, Liz came to Simon Says because of a personal experience of the issues of family bereavement for children.
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