About Jessie

A passionate champion of Teesside with seventeen years experience in place regeneration, social enterprise, community empowerment, policy  development, and social change.

Former Chief Executive Office and Co-Founder A Way Out. An award winning charity known for making a difference in thousands of lives across the Tees Valley.

My Passions and Skills
I passionately believe we can see the Tees Valley changed transformed but it will need people to take the lead.  I have seventeen years experience in regeneration, community development, policy and campaigning.

Compassion: I am driven by a deep sense of justice and the desire to see a more equal and fair world. At the age of 24, after meeting a teenager exploited through prostitution, I set up a charity to work with young women. I built a team, raised nearly £2million, won awards, helped thousands of people, recruited and worked with over 200 volunteers and employed 22 staff.

Leadership: I have lead organisations within the charity sector  for a number of years. I currently lead a consortium of charities that collectively have an annual turnover of £100 million and work with 100,000 vulnerable people across the North East and Yorkshire.

Place regeneration: I  have been involved in high street regeneration, being a catalyst for big conversations about how we develop and celebrate Stockton, I have also set up media projects, developed creative hubs, and led place initiatives. 

Policy Development:  contributed to policy around industrial strategy, substance misuse, sexual exploitation and have wrote articles for various publications.

My Vision for the Tees Valley
My vision is to transform the Tees Valley together with others who want to see this area transformed. Get behind local projects & local business, prepare us for the future, putting technology & green industry at the heart of an industrial strategy, to create more and better jobs, to address the deep inequalities in terms of gender, geography and class and give young people a hope and a future.

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