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In a ‘previous life’ Jennie was a Director of Policy and Public Affairs for a large national youth charity, she used her private sector experience of government relations to help some of the most disadvantaged young people in society. She has contributed to a wide range of policy issues and was on the original group convened by David Cameron to develop the concept of a National Citizen Service.
After 12 years working in alternative education, Jennie decided she wanted to find practical ways to integrate more experiential learning projects within the mainstream education system. She developed a programme to engage pupils from 50 schools in setting up community orchards and secured over a million pounds to get it started. She has also lead several in-school youth empowerment programmes, including a £6 million project to enable young people to develop projects to enhance their school grounds.
Jennie also brings a wider experience of community volunteering. Her recruitment campaign to revitalise the image of volunteering for Women’s Voluntary Service won the Institute of Public Relations Sword of Excellence (the first time it was awarded to a charity against stiff competition from the commercial sector).
The best thing about working for Envision is the contagious optimism of a young staff team and young people. I love coming to work in a place where there’s an inspiring sense of looking forward and possibility. It keeps me from being beaten down by ‘the system’ and believing in the power of people to do good. It keeps me young!