Simon joins ArtReach as Events and Special Projects Manager, and will contribute to development and delivery of Night of Festivals and Journeys Festival International events, as well as taking a strategic lead on a range of new projects and initiatives. He will also provide consultancy input and specialist event management support to ArtReach assisted projects such as MK IAC’s Art in the Park.
Previously Simon has enjoyed a successful career in the Festival and Events Department at Leicester City Council, where his most recent post has been as Senior Festivals and Events Officer. Amongst other work Simon has been responsible for developing Leicester’s City Festival and Castle Park Festivals and he has also played a key role in the coordination of the Riverside Festival, Diwali Celebrations, Rugby World Cup cultural programme and Abbey Park Bonfire Events. He has also been Cultural Programme Coordinator for the city and, in 2009, played the key role as Ceremonies Director of the Special Olympics. As part of his work at ArtReach Simon also provides lecturing input at De Montfort University providing both post and undergraduate teaching in event management practice.