Simon Says employs two part-time members of 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.
Education Lead: Emma Clewer
Emma is qualified in primary teaching and learning and has been working for the last 2 years as part of the health and wellbeing team in an infant school, giving pastoral support for both parents and pupils. Emma is also a nurture practitioner and FEIPS qualified (counselling for children and young people).
Emma is passionate about the charity particularly supporting children as she herself lost her husband in 2015 and has supported her two young children through traumatic times.
Paul Bright – Chairman & Training Lead
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.
Nicola Priest – Vice Chair & Health and Safeguarding
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 & Fundraising support
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 & Risk
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.
Liz Donegan – Business 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.
Martyn Berrett – Fundraising & Marketing
Martyn is currently CEO of Healthier Weight. He has previously worked in travel/loyalty with British Airmiles, publishing with Readers Digest and latterly in Healthcare. Martyn’s roles have seen him work in both the UK and internationally. His work has been varied and he brings with him his knowledge of direct to consumer sales, digital marketing, communication and social media.
Ann Langran – Education
Ann has been actively involved in Education since 1973, working in primary schools in London, Portsmouth and Southampton and was a Head Teacher for 12 years. Ann has also co-authored two non-fiction books for children with related resources for teachers. Ann is now retired but continues to use her skills, knowledge and expertise to good use. Ann is involved in a number of voluntary activities including work for the CAB, as a school Governor and a Trustee.
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