Hugh Hill is Director of Services and Development at Simon Community Scotland. After qualifying as a mental health nurse in the 80s Hugh moved south of the border initially working in acute care and undertaking counselling and psychotherapy training. Later qualifying as a CPN in Liverpool and becoming a Thorn Nurse working with families of people with severe and enduring mental illness. Prior to returning to Scotland Hugh was leading the development and delivery of fully integrated services for the most vulnerable and excluded people in the community. In Scotland Hugh joined the commissioning team at Ayrshire and Arran Health Board supporting the development of clinical strategies to improve services and outcomes for people. During this period Hugh completed his MBA. Hugh returned to the mental health world joining SAMH as their Director of Services and remaining in the sector until joining Simon Community Scotland as their Director of Services and Development. During his time with Simon Community Hugh has led the development and redesign of services and was instrumental in the organisation’s response to Covid, receiving a BEM in recognition of services to people who are homeless. Over the last 5 years Hugh has led the response of the charity to the increasing harms and deaths resulting from drugs to create a high tolerance approach across the organisation. Outside of work Hugh is a keen cyclist, dog owner and lover of all things Tolkien.