Simon Jaquet

About us

Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services Ltd was established in 2004 to

  • provide expert consultancy, advice, and guidance to organisations and public bodies which work with young people
  • promote long term, analytical thinking about young people, democracy, and civil society

Since then, we have worked with a huge range of clients , including the Scottish Government, national charities, local authorities, NDPBs, the NHS, and voluntary and community organisations from Norwich to Orkney (and many points in between).

Simon Jaquet

Simon Jaquet is Director of Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services Ltd, and has over 30 years experience of policy and practice work with young people through youth work, schools, and volunteering (in Scotland, France, Germany, and Botswana). His main areas of expertise are research & evaluation and organisational development. He was Director of Fast Forward Positive Lifestyles for 14 years, and Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland (Scotland’s national youth agency) for three years, before establishing his own consultancy business in 2004.

He was a member of the Scottish Ministerial ‘Osler Committee’ on Community Education 1998 and a member of the Scottish Executive Expert Reference Group (to Cabinet) on Children and Young People 2003 - 04. He is currently Chair of the Edinburgh Youth Work Consortium.

In the course of a thirty year career, Simon has:

  • Developed pioneering drug education services for young people, professionals and parents at Fast Forward 1987 - 2001
  • Championed the development of peer education in Scotland from 1987
  • Developed and co-wrote The Big Picture (1999), a framework for organisational and quality development in the voluntary sector for the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations
  • Established YouthLink Scotland as the national youth agency for Scotland in 2002 through a major merger with Community Learning Scotland
  • Designed and managed the first ever mapping of youth work provision in Scotland across the voluntary and statutory sectors in 2003

Simon works with a team of Associates who bring variety, depth, and additional flair to the services that Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services Ltd is able to offer. We create a purpose built team for every assignment.

Simon is member of the Social Research Association and the Management Development Network .

Our work

Here is a selection of our recent work.

'Facing the future together' (ARC Scotland 2017) a national survey of young people with additional support needs and their parents and carers about their experiences of leaving school.

'Gold star exemplars' (Voluntary Health Scotland 2017) Third sector approaches to community link working across Scotland.

'Evaluation of the Sharing Heritage grants programme' (Heritage Lottery Fund 2016) Evaluation of a £5.4 grants programme aimed primarily at community organisations.

'Final evaluation of the Chance to Thrive programme' (Church of Scotland / Carnegie UK 2016) Evaluation report (with Blake Stevenson and Animate) of an assets based community development initiative in 8 Church of Scotland congregations.

'Protect Create Inspire' (Churches Conservation Trust 2015) Nine case studies on the impact of CCT volunteers.


Simon Jaquet Consultancy Services Ltd, 69 Restalrig Road, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8BG  T: 07789 658291