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Meet the team

Lorna Simpson - A trustee

Lorna Simpson, a former teacher, works for a FE college as a Support worker for students with learning needs.Her son was tragically killed in 2008 whilst at worked. She managed to turn this tragic life-changing situation into something positive by setting up a charity in the name of her beloved son Jamie. Through the charity, she can support young people to aspire to a better life and hopefully turn away from knife crime. Lorna has given her time to delivering talks on the effects of knife crime on families.

Marlene Gordon - A trustee

Marlene is now retired but started her career as a nurse and later had a change of career and became a Probation Officer. She has been a member of the Trust since it started, she has always had an interest in supporting people. Hence being a trustee in the Jamie Simpson Trust will enable her to continue this interest.

Pauline Rhule - A trustee

Pauline has been a member of the trust since it started, she Is currently employed as a Social Worker for Derby City Council and work with children and their foster carers. Prior to becoming a social worker, she worked as a clerk in a local engineering company. “I feel the aims and objectives of the Trust sits well with my own values. I feel it is important for us to support young people to help them realise their potential”.

Helen Simpson - A trustee

Helen is Jamie’s youngest sister and was inspired by his passion to help others to join the Jamie Simpson Trust as a Trustee. With over eight years of global experience delivering events and projects Helen is keen to drive the trust projects forward and to continue to deliver memorable fundraising events.

Vanessa Simpson - A trustee

Vanessa Simpson, works for a FE college as the Digital Academy Curriculum Manager, working with students studying Media, Games and ICT. Having studied Creative Media production herself, and with over 21 years of creative experience, Vanessa is keen to ensure the charity provides projects that allow young people the opportunity to express their creativity. As Jamie’s Sister, she feels her role as a trustee is extremely important, ensuring his vision and zest for life carries on through all that the charity does in providing opportunities for those in need of support. “Jamie was passionate about music and people; he always saw the good in people and he wanted to help the next generation succeed. The charity will allow his dreams to be fulfilled and his memory to live on”.

Juliet Henry - A volunteer

Juliet has a background in Finance has been a member of the JST since it started, over the years she has provided administration and fund-raising support. She said “I got involved so I could participate through giving ideas, fundraising activities that could help empower young people to make better choices”.

Sam Hudson - A volunteer

Samantha has been friends with Jamie since primary school, attending youth clubs as teenagers and community social events as young adults. Samantha has over 25 years’ experience in youth and community work, on a local, national, and international level.She completed a teaching internship in Kingston Jamaica, and through fundraising, she shipped over 2,300 educational books to support the children. Sam later volunteered in Brazil and supported local children and communities behind the scenes at a variety of Latin American Carnivals and fundraised to support children