In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’?!

Joanna Simons

Joanna Simons

Joanna has been the Chief Executive of a national charity and two local authorities, including Oxfordshire County Council (2005-2015). She has a professional background in housing and regeneration. Previously she was Chair of Governors at Oxford Brookes University and Advisory Group member of Oxfordshire Common Purpose. Among Joanna’s past roles she was also a Non-Executive Director at the Government Office for the South East and Notting Hill Housing Trust and Trustee of Shelter. Currently Joanna is Trustee of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Chair of Experience Oxfordshire and Programme Chair with the Windsor Leadership Trust. Joanna is a qualified coach.


1. Where are you from?
I’m from London and my claim to fame is being born at Hyde Park Corner! It was actually St George’s Hospital then but it’s the Lanesborough Hotel now so it’s rather gone up in the world since I arrived.

2. What do you like to do outside of work?
Life would be very bereft without the arts so I am an avid theatre, cinema, heritage and exhibition goer and feel spoilt for choice with all that Oxfordshire has to offer.

3. As a busy person wearing various hats, what’s your ‘top time-saving tip’?

“Never be without your trusty “to do list” to help prioritise, I may be sad but I have mine on an excel spreadsheet and carry it around with me…”