Admin and Communications Officer
Jenni’s interest in conservation was sparked during a Raleigh International expedition to Malaysian Borneo in 2001 and she applied to do a BSc in Environmental Conservation. Returning to Borneo to undertake her university work placement as a researcher at the Danum Valley Field Centre, Jenni also used the trip to collect data for her undergraduate dissertation on rainforest rehabilitation.
Following her BSc Jenni worked for the Peak District National Park Learning and Discovery team for ten years, leading school and community groups on field trips around the National Park. She also became a mum to two kids and set up an ecological consultancy business with her partner.
After volunteering with ASSIST in Sheffield, a charity which offers support to destitute refused asylum seekers, Jenni wanted to return to university and looked for a course which tied in her interests in conservation and the environment with humanitarian issues and forced migration. She studied part-time online and graduated with a Masters in Global Challenges in March 2020 – just in time to dive into full-time home-schooling her kids!
Home-schooling behind her Jenni is looking forward to continuing her research interests in climate change, health and migration and planetary health.
In her spare time Jenni treads the boards, performing in local amateur dramatics performances. She also enjoys a dip in lakes, lochs and lagoons and if she is not in the water, she is sometimes on it, in her multi-coloured kayak with her kids. On more sedate days she can be found toasting her toes by the fire with her head in a book or relaxing in the sunshine staring into the garden pond.