Chris Simes, B.A. (Hons)
Managing and Creative Director
The Smashed Project will reach 10 countries and 135,000 young people this year alone. In each participating country, Chris works with sponsors to understand their corporate social responsibility objectives. Then he develops a robust partnership team in country – specialists from the arts, education, and government – to deliver the Smashed Project locally. He and the UK team share their creative and project management experience to ensure smooth delivery throughout.
Chris trained in Dramatic Arts at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds in the UK. His early career saw him performing in theatre in education projects on social issues across the country. At 22, Chris founded the special issues arm of a theatre company which went on to reach over 1,000 schools per year. He became the manager of the BT Theatre-in-Education Programme in 1999 which reached 5,000 primary and secondary schools across the UK over two years, reaching 1m young people, developing their speaking and listening skills. Chris then embarked on a series of healthcare programmes which used drama as a tool for teaching and learning. This resulted in the founding of Simulated Patients UK, which delivers thousands of hours of role play based learning per year.
Chris founded Collingwood Learning with the aim of delivering high quality creative learning. Collingwood has developed theatre projects on homelessness, drugs, road safety, gang violence, child sexual exploitation, sexual health, bullying and teenage pregnancy. Since its inception Collingwood has run the Smashed Project, which has been recognised by government. Chris has spoken at the European Union on Alcohol Education and is currently developing the Smashed Project in countries around the world.