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Simpol-UK

Simpol-UK is the UK affiliate of the International Simultaneous Policy Organistion (ISPO). ISPO and all its national affiliates are independent, not-for-profit organisations.

Simpol-UK is a company limited by guarantee registered in the UK, company nr. 5080159. This is a common legal form for non-profit organisations.

Political independence

To maintain strict political independence, Simpol organisations are not charities and nor are they permitted to accept funding from any for-profit entity. All funds are raised from private donations, membership fees or book sales.

Simpol-UK's financial accounts are available to the public from Companies House.

Campaign Management

Any citizen may sign on as a supporter of Simpol. This is free of charge.

Simpol-UK is ultimately controlled by its Members. Members are supporters who have applied for membership and paid an annual membership fee. Currently, membership fees are £25 (waged) or £10 (unwaged).  If you would like to become a Member, please download a Membership Form and send it to us with your fee.

Simpol-UK's Members elect a board of Trustees to oversee the running of the campaign. Simpol-UK is governed and managed according to its Memorandum and Articles of Association and with reference to its Founding Declaration. We invite you to download a copy. It sets out Simpol-UK's mission, principles, management structure and responsibilities.

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Current Trustees

Mark Horler

Mark discovered Simpol via the issue of nuclear disarmament, but soon came to realise that Simpol has a host of applications and can provide a genuine answer to global problems. Mark is also a founding member of the Democratic Reform Party and previously served as their campaigns manager. Outside politics, Mark runs a care home for the learning disabled, is a family man and is a keen, if distinctly amateur, musician.

James Parker

James is a political researcher and passionate democracy activist. He has an undergraduate degree in Politics, which included European Integration, International Politics and Contemporary Political Philosophy. In 2003 he was a research assistant to the Secretary of State for International Development the RT Hon Hilary Benn MP.  James was also the leader of the Democratic Reform Party but has since focused on international relations and global affairs. James lives in London.

John Bunzl

John founded Simpol in 2000. He is a businessman, social activist and passionate advocate for global consciousness and governance. Having conceived the idea for Simpol in 1998, he set it out in his first book, The Simultaneous Policy, published in 2001. He then went on to develop the Simpol campaign. He has written many further books and articles and has spoken at many conferences and events, including at the World Social Forum, the World Trade Organisation and the Schumacher Society. He was born in 1957, lives in London, and has three children.

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Annual General Meeting

Simpol-UK's Members meet each year at the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is when campaign progress is reviewed, Trustees are elected and plans for the coming year are discussed.

All UK supporters are normally invited to the AGM, but only Members may vote. Our AGM usually takes place in November and details will be announced in advance on this website.

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Important Milestones for Simpol

1998

John Bunzl conceives the Simpol idea

2000

First citizens sign on to the campaign

2004

Simpol-UK is incorporated as a not-for-profit company

2005

38 candidates from all main parties sign the Pledge. 10 of these are elected to Parliament

2006

Nobel peace Laureate, Jose Ramos-Horta, pledges his support for Simpol

2006-2010

A further 17 UK MPs sign the Pledge, joined by some European, Australian and Argentinian MPs.

 

2011

Citizens in over 70 countries support the campaign

2012

Ken Wilber, world-renowned philosopher and founder of Integral Theory, joins Simpol's Advisory Board

Simpol International

To catch up on the status of the Simpol campaign globally, please visit our global website