New Deputy Mayor for Culture in London

Sadiq Khan has appointed Justine Simons OBE as his deputy mayor for culture and creative industries. Sadiq has made support for the arts, culture and creative industries one of his ‘core’ priorities, and has set out an ambitious programme to support the sector including championing the night-time economy, launching creative enterprise zones and protecting vital music venues.

Justine Simons has worked at a senior level in London’s cultural sector for over 20 years, both in policy and as a practitioner. She played a central role in delivering major cultural initiatives such as the 2012 Olympic Festival, the Fourth Plinth Commission, and she established the World Cities Cultural Forum, a major international network of 33 world cities.

Justine Simons said:

"The Mayor has done something unprecedented for a global city - he has made culture a top priority and his goal is to embed it in regeneration, planning and infrastructure. It is now more urgent than ever to unlock the potential of culture to build bridges and bring people and communities together.

"We must maintain the flow of ideas and creative talent and shore up our cultural economy. So I am thrilled to be given this chance to deliver Sadiq’s ambitious cultural vision and secure London’s future as a global role model.”

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