Everything JET does is anchored by its pursuit of inspiring and enabling young people to be the best they can be. My role within the Trust is twofold: 1) to manage and advise on its financial and business decisions, ensuring the internal mechanisms are in place and the external partnerships are nurtured, and 2) to lead on the communications delivery and media strategy that translates our core values, enabling us to support and reach as many young people as we can, for as long as we can.
I trained as a chartered accountant and hold a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism. After working for five years in Corporate Finance, I transferred those skills over to the media world to produce the business news for Sky News, then Bloomberg TV and then BBC Breakfast and BBC 5Live.
Working for JET is one of the most professionally and personally rewarding roles of my career. It marries my financial and broadcasting experience in an organisation that has deep personal meaning. Emma and I had been friends for many years when Jon died, and I was with Emma in Bournemouth that day. Her conviction and dedication to build an entity that channelled what he stood for, his integrity and passion, giving young people a sense of worth and purpose, has been astonishing and humbling to witness.
Five years later, JET employs a staff of fiercely committed talented individuals, works with hundreds of inspiring selfless volunteers, and inhabits an energy and focus that burns stronger by the day.
JET is demonstrably changing more and more young peoples’ lives and there’s so much more we can do. It’s a privilege to be part of the team.