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Joe Simpson

Director - Leadership Centre

Having read PPE at Oxford, Joe started his career in the voluntary sector, becoming Assistant Director of Community Service Volunteers. He worked in television for a number of years, heading up the ITV Telethon, working as Strategy Co-ordinator for BBC Worldwide and the Director of Programmes for World Learning Network.  He is also the former National Programme Director for the New Millennium Experience.

In parallel, Joe spent 16 years as a councillor in Islington. Joe’s passion for and commitment to public service eventually led to him setting up the Leadership Centre in 2004. Originally Director of politics and partnerships he was responsible for the pioneering Civic Pride initiative encouraging confident, capable and ambitious political leadership. He now leads on the Leadership Centre’s cross public sector programmes, working closely with senior managerial and political representatives of central and local government, health bodies, chief constables, police and crime commissioners and senior figures in the private, voluntary and third sectors.