Appointed 21 October 2020
Amani Simpson is an award-winning social entrepreneur, coach, activist and filmmaker. At the age of 21, he was stabbed 7 times after intervening in a robbery attempt.
Since then he has dedicated his life to empowering young people through digital media, events and personal development under his social enterprise Aviard Inspires CIC. In January 2019, he produced a powerful, now award-winning short film called ‘AMANI’ about his life experiences starring Hollywood actor Joivan Wade (DC’s Doom Patrol, Shiro’s Story & The First Purge) which amassed 1 million views in just 4 days. It has now been viewed over 3 million times!
Amani is using his short film and story in schools, alternative provisions and events as a tool to transform the lives of young people across the country. He was named as the North London Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s ‘London Needs You Alive’ campaign and was shortlisted from 28,000 candidates as a positive role model at the 2019 National Diversity Awards.
Amani is a former BCE student and is the Academy’s link governor for wellbeing.