- UK Shaolin Temple Ambassador
Simon Hayes has over 30 years experience working in the local government and voluntary sectors across Hampshire and The Isle of Wight. He ran his own business based in the New Forest for more than 20 years before an interest in criminal justice prompted a career change in 2005.
Simon studied Criminology and Social Policy, for which he holds a BSc degree. He works with an interest in preventing offending and re-offending, particularly associated with crimes linked to drug and alcohol abuse. He became the first Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight in 2012.
Simon is the Founding Director of The Social Change Society CIC, a social enterprise established primarily to tackle social problems, reduce the risk of early offending through the use of an evidence based early intervention approach, delivering alternative ways of behaviour and attitudes, away from offending tendencies and influences. Simon is committed to this process of social change by supporting young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health challenges with an emphasis on preventing crime, reducing re-offending and protecting the vulnerable.
He has devised and influenced effective governance structures and overseen change within statutory, charitable and business organisations, recognising the importance of credible structures to deliver legitimacy, efficiency and innovation.
Prior being Police Commissioner, Simon was a National Board member of CrimeStoppers and Chairman of the Charity’s Hampshire & the Isle of Wight Committee. He is also a past Chairman of the Hampshire Police Authority, Leader of the New Forest District Council and a County Councillor for Hampshire. He’s previously been a Samaritan Volunteer in Southampton, Trustee of The Blue Lamp Trust, FootPrints Project and New Forest & Southampton Mediation.
Simon is currently President of Romsey St John Ambulance, Ambassador for Trinity Winchester, Chair of The Hampshire Gardens Trust Charity, Trustee with The Hampton Trust and the newly formed DayHab Project in Winchester.
Simon is the Ambassador for the UK Shaolin Temple. He has been supporting us since the opening of the Temple in Shirley and continues in giving valuable advice and connections for our outreach projects.