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Councillor David Simmons has had a long and varied career, and brings a great deal of experience to his role as a Councillor.  He has given presentations to politicians at the highest level (including the then Home Secretary and other Cabinet Members), organised, been a key note speaker at and acted as the facilitator at national and international conferences with key national political figures.  With many different and additional experiences in the voluntary sector, and as a previous career senior police officer with Sussex Police (retired), he is well placed to assist local groups to develop and assist in developing key services to our communities.  His experiences include:

Various community based appointments and those affecting the community etc.

  • Developer and Trustee of Brighton Community Mediation Service, the first of its kind South of London;

  • Officer in charge of around 7,000 neighbourhood watch schemes across Sussex;

  • Developer of the Ringmaster system to keep members of neighbourhood watch informed about local crime issues, later rolled out nationally;

  • Runner-up in the Ernst Young Foundation competition for police innovation, nationally;

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Community Safety Network (NSCN), a registered charity and company limited by guarantee for four years;

  • Trustee of the Criminal Justice National Training Organisation (CJNTO) developing training packages for Probation and Police Officers;
  • Company Secretary for SEMEDA (South East Multi Ethnic Development Agency, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee);

  • Vice-Chairman (11 years) of Southern Crimestoppers and presenter to the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation across Europe) in Prague 2004, around anti-trafficking (people, drugs and guns);

  • Producer/originator of funding applications, related business plans and business cases for voluntary organisations

  • Fronting meetings with the BIG Lottery on behalf of a consortium of voluntary sector bodies

  • Acting as a consultant to vol. orgs. in research and development of strategic approaches to community issues

  • Training vol.orgs. in fundraising techniques  in partnership with Lloyds TSB Foundation

  • Running grants budgets for voluntary bodies to apply to on behalf of the Police Authority and District Council
  • A member of the West Sussex Gypsy Forum
  • A member of the team who assisted in setting up the Northern Ireland Safer Communities Office as Chair of the NCSN
  • Home Office appointed observer at Bramshill Police College on safer communities issues
  • Independent Chairman of Domestic Homicide Reviews

Other important experience includes:

Retired Police Inspector
Sussex Police

  • 1966 – 1996 (30 years) 

  • Uniformed Patrol Duties

  • Specialist role in community relations

  • Community Race Relations

  • Crime Prevention responsibility and expertise

  • Community Policing

  • Safer Commuunities

  • Schools Liaison

  • Crime Prevention

  • Specialist role in 'Major Incident Management'

  • Casualty Bureau management

  • Presenter to courses at Bramshill Police College around community engagement

Sussex Police Authority

  • Community Safety Manager for Sussex Police Authority (8 years) with responsibility for public consultation across Sussex and linking in with County, District and Borough Councils

  • Engaged in the development of both the Safer Communities Partnerships and the Local Strategic Partnerships across Sussex on behalf of Sussex Police Authority

  • Member of the Diversity Sub-Committee of the Association of Police Authorities

  • Member of the national Distraction Burglary Task Force

  • Appointed to the Beacon Council Team in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister by a Minister of State to assess partnerships competing nationally for Beacon Council status 

  • Observer instructed by the Home Office to assess Police Training packages being implemented around safer communities and make recommendations, especially at Bramshill Police College

  • Experience in specific areas such as drugs and drug prevention, diversion of young people away from crime, developing strategic approaches to crime reduction; community engagement/action

Councillor/Cabinet Member
Adur District (and where appropriate Worthing Borough) Council(s)

  • 2006 – Present (14 years) 

  • Cabinet Member for Community Health and Well-Being - Responsible for: 

                Voluntary Sector
                Children's Champion for Adur
                Safeguarding lead for Members
                Environmental services and licensing
                Food safety
                Health and Well-Being
                Community Safety
                Local Strategic Partnership
                Mental Health Champion 

                Police Liaison

  • Chair of the West Sussex Strategic Community Safety Partnership 2013-16 (now Vice-Chair)

  • Chair of the Adur and Worthing Community Safety Partnership

  • Chair of Governors, Heronsdale Special School, Shoreham 2012-15
  • Vice-Chair of the Friends of Heronsdale
  • Previous Vice-Chair of Licensing
  • Chair of the School Council for Sir Robert Woodard Academy current
  • Chair of education exclusion panels at Littlehampton Academy 2015/16


County Councillor
West Sussex County Council

  • May 2009 – May 2013 (4 years 1 month) 

  • ...and May 2017 to April 2021 for Southwick Division

  • Advisor on Equalities to the Leader 2011-2013

  • Advisor on Gypsies and Travellers to the Cabinet Member 2011-2013

  • Chair of the Corporate Parenting Panel responsible for all looked after children in West Sussex 2011-2013

  • Independent Chair, Domestic Homicide Reviews

  • Local Authority Partnership Governor at Sir Robert Woodard Academy Jan 2012 to May 2013

  • Past Deputy Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, West Sussex County Council to 2013

  • Current Senior advisor to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, for Education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Independent Consultant
Partnership Development Services

  • March 2004 – May 2008 (4 years 3 months) across the South of England

  • South East Regional Co-ordinator for the Government Office South East on the Government's Change up Programme focussing on developing the community infrastructure for marginalised communities across the South East of England 

  • Partnership Development work alongside community race relations issues and safer communities strategic approaches. 

  • 30 years plus of experience in equalities issues

  • Particular interest and expertise in the diversion of young people from crime

  • Experience in anti-trafficking programmes and presenter to the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation across Europe) in Prague at an international conference.

  • Public Presentations to high level audiences and national conferences (including two Home Secretaries and other Cabinet Members at national level

  • Extensive fundraising experience, including development of business plans and business cases on behalf of and with voluntary sector bodies and fronting meetings with the BIG Lottery

  • Research and development of comprehensive reports to underpin business and development plans, especially in the field of community relations
  • Lecturer at Portsmouth and Brighton Universities on Criminal Justice Studies and Community Relations

Community race relations
Partnership development
Safer Communities/Crime Prevention
Public Consultation
Voluntary sector engagement/development   


Personal Interests
Personally, David is a family man, married to his late wife, Tina for 44 years, 42 of which have been spent in the Shoreham area.  He has three children, thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild, many of who either attend of have attended local schools and colleges. He sings in St Nicolas Church Choir (since 1976) and also with Shoreham Chamber Choir and Quintessential, a vocal quintet specialising in 15th 16th and 17th century music. The quintet can often be found raising money through their concerts for local good causes.  His other interests include graphic art and design, a hang over from his days in the printing and graphic design industry before he entered the police; computing; gardening; a bit of d.i.y. and working for the community. Community appointments include being a past Chair of Governors at Herons Dale Special School and first a member and now the Chair of the School Council at Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Sompting.

Councillor    David Simmons

  • Executive Member for Health and Well-Being, and the member for Hillside ward, Adur District Council 
  • Member for Southwick Division West Sussex County Council
  • Senior Advisor for Special Needs Education, West Sussex County Council
  • Appointed Governor for the Sussex NHS Partnership Trust dealing with Mental Health
  • Chair of the School Council at Sir Robert Woodard Academy Sompting
  • Member of Sussex Crimestoppers Board

Councillor David Simmons

42 Greenways Crescent


BN43 6HS


Tel: 01273 464018 (home)

Mobile: 0772 505 4389

e-mail: david.simmons@adur.gov.uk


Councillor  Angus Dunn

Executive Member for Finance and Deputy Leader at Adur District Council

Councillor Angus Dunn

86, Church Green


BN43 6JU


Tel.: 01273 870067

Mobile: 07760 486552



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