Justine Simons Head of Culture, City Hall, London & Chair, World Cities Culture Forum
Justine is the Chair of the World Cities Culture Forum and believes culture is the essential ingredient in cities and that no city can succeed and thrive in the 21st century without it.
As Head of Culture for the Mayor of London for over a decade, Justine has played a central role in the cultural revitalization of London - with Mayors from both sides of the political spectrum.
She leads London’s Cultural Policy and shapes the Mayor’s Investment Strategy for the Creative Industries which covers film, fashion and design. She spearheaded the largest cultural festival ever staged in London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Justine oversees City Hall’s work across music, theatre, international cultural exchange, visual arts, cultural policy and arts in the public realm. She has built the Fourth Plinth Commission into the UK’s biggest sculpture prize and chairs the Big Dance, the world’s biggest participatory dance festival, now in 23 countries.
She serves on the boards of the British Fashion Council, British Film Commission, London Design Festival, Artichoke Trust and the Mayor’s Thames Festival. Prior to the Mayor’s Office, Justine worked in the field of contemporary dance for ten years with a variety of leading venues.