My name is Alan Cole and I have been involved with the Community since I came into Simon House in Edinburgh in 1965. I am also a PTV and have been since 1999. I have helped with many services over the years. I particularly like helping with things like the School Talks and the Christmas Dinner. I hope that I can continue to give back some of the help and support that the Simon Community has given me.
Alex Pickering (Treasurer)
I have been part of the The Simon Community since January 2019 as Treasurer, looking after the finances and funding requirements as well as providing advice on best practice to the Board. I am extremely grateful to our loyal donor base who provide us with the funds to deliver our services. Outside of the Community I am a Chartered Accountant and work within the leisure sector, based just north of London.
Amanda Windle (Chair)
I’ve worked in the university sector as an academic and researcher for over a decade and I’m currently the Head of the Graduate School and a DigiLab Fellow in the arts. My work is always collaborative whether it’s working with older audiences by digital means, considering the impact of social media on women-in-tech across the north of the UK, or helping to design globally, the interface for global issues like climate change and endangered species.
Through teaching, I bear witness to how both homeless and rootless issues are increasing and changing, something of which the Simons Community understands. I was rootless as a teen and found day-to-day support in a refuge life-changing. As a consequence, it felt it time to re-engage in a supporting role. As a Trustee, I can bring experience in leadership, governance, fundraising, journalism, pedagogic mediation, project-management, new digital technologies, but mostly, the ability to listen and share within a community setting.
As a solicitor, I bring a keen eye for detail which will help me to ensure that the Simon Community stays on top of any legal requirements applicable to it. Building on several years of experience of volunteering with different homelessness organisations, I am excited to get involved in the running of the Simon Community. As a European citizen I also hope to bring a different perspective to the Board. Outside of work and volunteering, I enjoy reading, cycling and cooking new dishes.
As a Chartered Accountant for KPMG I have worked with businesses ranging from start-ups to listed companies, working to understand their operations, strategies and management teams. During my last year with the Simon community I have worked hard alongside the Community's exceptional staff to implement some of the best business practice there is. A year since my appointment the community is a more robust organisation behind the scenes, able to take on greater responsibility and more ambitious growth. After a year in post I truly believe that the community is in prime position to manage the new challenges and the exciting opportunities that we face.