Joan Simms is founder and CEO of Uptown Youth Services, which has been operating within the London Borough of Merton for over 20 years and she has been the driving force throughout its history.
UPTOWN previously operated in the London Borough of Wandsworth –
She brings broad experience and knowledge, operational, strategic management and service delivery. This has contributed widely to the growth and development of UPTOWN and manages the delivery of youth activities and programs with and for young people and their families.
She has extensive local government and Voluntary / Third sector experience as an officer, face-to-face youth work and Lead Accreditation Manager for Wandsworth and Merton Youth Services.
This is reflected in her long-standing passion for supporting and helping advance the lives of young people whether through programmes, activities and education in its broadest sense.
Joan is passionate about young people accessing opportunities to maximise their life chances irrespective of their background.
The core philosophy of Uptown has been to provide mentoring to young people – providing them with positive role models and helping them to ‘see another way’ and make better life choices.