Jo Simpson

Jo is an established consultant with over 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, having previously been employed by Eastside Primetimers as Project and Resourcing Manager. She presently leads on our work for the Reach Fund and other social investment funds and platforms.

Prior to working for Eastside Primetimers, Jo followed a career as a secondary school teacher and then as a manager in the not-for-profit sector, with roles at Lloyd’s (community affairs and corporate social responsibility), Notting Hill Housing Trust (volunteer and corporate partnerships management) and Shelter (programme management). For Eastside Primetimers, Jo worked on the Youth Sector Development Fund, Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund and is now managing the City Bridge Trust Financial Management Programme. She also supports business development, including work on Big Potential and Power to Change.

Key skills & experience

  • Project and Programme Management
  • Lead generation/business development
  • Volunteer Management
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Organisational Diagnostics
  • Partnerships and commissioning
  • Governance


Recent projects

  • Programme management of Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF)
  • Organisational Diagnostic (Read Together, HSCVF)
  • Merger search and selection for a large disability charity
  • Market scoping and commissioning work for DABD (Big Potential Advanced)
  • Partnership and grant application support to Women’s Aids (Lloyds Bank Foundation)
  • Programme management of City Bridge Trust Financial Management Programme
  • Lead generation and business development (Big Potential and Power to Change)
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