Jo Simpson

An experienced professional with over 20 years’ experience in the social sector Jo has a proven track record in business development and programme management, most recently working with external funders to secure the investment and resources needed to develop sustainable and high impact charities and social enterprises.

Jo currently manages our work with funds helping charities and social enterprises to grow and diversify their income streams. Jo oversees our work with social investment including helping organisations to secure Reach fund grants and introductions to investors.

Jo previously worked for Lloyds of London, Notting Hill Housing Trust and Shelter.

Key skills & experience

  • Project and programme management
  • Business development
  • Income generation
  • Social enterprise development
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Organisational diagnostics
  • Governance
  • Volunteer management


Recent projects

  • Managed EP’s Financial Management Programme funded by City Bridge Trust
  • Has helped over 20 organisations to secure Reach fund grants and access support from the EP pool of consultants to get investment ready.
  • Managed Heath and Social Care Volunteering Fund which provided organisational diagnostic and capacity building support to charities in health and social care funded by Department of Health.
  • Merger search and selection for a large disability charity
  • Managed relationships and projects with a number of key funders and investors such as Social Investment Business, Power to Change, City Bridge Trust, Big Issue Invest, CAF Venturesome and Ethex.
Chanctonbury Community Leisure“From the initial consultation through to the confirmation of support, the process was made incredibly smooth by Eastside Primetimers. The professional approach enabled CCL to successfully apply for an Access Reach Grant, which in turn provided the charity with the services of Eastside Primetimers consultant Mike Taylor. Mike proved to be extremely knowledgeable regarding our sector which greatly assisted in formulating the bid to CAF Venturesome. Despite the constraints brought about by the uncertainty surrounding the easing of lockdown and the associated impact of COVID-19, Mike produced a thorough short-to-medium-term strategic business plan for the charity, covering the multiple strands of our business and ensuring that relative sensitivities were applied throughout. This huge, and ultimately successful, piece of work was formulated and presented in a relatively short time-frame. Chanctonbury Community Leisure would like to pass on our thanks to Mike Taylor and Eastside Primetimers for their professional and expert assistance as well as their continued enthusiasm and support to see the aims of the Charity harnessed and achieved” Andrew Dunstan, Operations Director and Trustee
Foundation East“We are very grateful for the support provided by the Eastside Primetimers team during the process of putting together of our 5 year strategic plan. The EP team was able to pull together a diverse team enabling us to benefit from their wide knowledge and skill base” Katy Ford, Chief Executive

Eastside Primetimers