Simon Jaquet

Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services Ltd


Simon set up Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services Ltd in 2004, primarily to support young people's learning, citizenship, and activism. Since then, the organisation's portfolio has widened to include work with third sector organisations more generally, and with older people.

Recent projects have included:

  • 'It makes us happy' (Fischy Music 2018) . Research into the long term impact (over 10 - 15 year) of school-based music and singing programmes on primary school children's mental health.
  • 'De-mystifying spiritual care'. Research commissioned by the Life Changes Trust, exploring the spiritual care of people living with dementia in care homes (2018)
  • 'Facing the future together'. A national survey of young people with additional support needs and their parents and carers about their experiences of leaving school (2017).
  • 'Gold star exemplars' (Voluntary Health Scotland 2016) Third sector approaches to community link working across Scotland.
  • 'Sharing heritage evaluation' (Heritage Lottery Fund) Evaluation of a £5.4 grants programme aimed primarily at community organisations (2016)
  • 'Final evaluation of the 'Chance to Thrive' programme' (Carnegie UK) Evaluation report of an assets based community development initiative in 8 Church of Scotland congregations (2016).
  • 'Protect Create Inspire' (Churches Conservation Trust) Nine case studies on the impact of CCT volunteers (2015).


Clients include:

  • Shared Care Scotland
  • Fischy Music
  • Life Changes Trust
  • Youth Scotland
  • ARC Scotland
  • Voluntary Health Scotland
  • Faith in Older People
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Churches Conservation Trust
  • Charities Aid Foundation
  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Granton Youth Centre
  • Sorted


Simon has an MA (Hons) degree from Edinburgh University in Modern Languages, and management qualifications from the Open Business School (Accounting for managers, Managing non profit and voluntary enterprises)


Simon has worked in the third sector for 40 years,. From 2001 to 2004 he was Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, the national youth work agency.. Prior to this, he worked for fourteen years as Director of Fast Forward, an organisation developing innovative health education services for young people, professionals, and parents. In a voluntary capacity he was Chair of the Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium for 15 years., and also served as Vice Chair of The Rock Trust. .

He has 40 years experience of community work with young people, having worked in national youth organisations, local youth projects, community arts, intermediate treatment and in teaching - in Scotland, in France and in Botswana. He has been a face to face youth worker, manager, volunteer, chief executive, and board member.

He has a wife, two children, a large drumkit, a small mandolin, and unusually powerful spectacles.