executive director

I am responsible for the overall management and strategic development of Tyne & Wear Sport. This involves managing and developing relationships with partners / stakeholders and advocating sport to a wide range of organisations / agencies. I lead the production and implementation of policies and plans identified as priorities by the partnership and to secure resources for the continued development of Tyne & Wear Sport.

I started my career in sport as a sports motivator with Middlesbrough Council and following more than a decade on Teesside during which I had five different posts and gained a rich variety of experience I moved to become Head of Leisure Services at Chester-le-Street District Council. Following a six year period at Chester-le-Street where I was responsible for delivering services ranging from allotments to arts development and child care to swimming pools I moved to Tyne & Wear Sport.

In my younger days I played many sports at school and club level including football, cricket, tennis and basketball. In football I played for Durham County Schools and Boys Clubs and had a two year period as goalkeeper in the Middlesbrough FC Youth Team. My happiest sporting memories are from my time as a sports student at St John's College, York. Today I enjoy kayaking, cycling and an occasional game of golf.

Email: ian.simon@tynewearsport.org

Contact Number: 0191 497 2321

Mobile: 07815 950 241