Jean is currently the Company Secretary and takes responsibility for general admin, financial administration and recruitment. She previously worked as a secretary (touch typing and shorthand are now proving very useful), Basic Skills tutor/co-ordinator (lots of experience of training and working with volunteers), Area Head of Adult Education (gaining experience of managing staff and budgets) and working as County Co-ordinator (Norfolk) for the Workers Educational Association (gaining experience of tutor training). She also has experience of charity governance from five years on the Management Committee of King’s Lynn Home-Start, dealing with all aspects of policy and finance.

Jean’s interest in the environment began in the 70s when she was a member of Friends of the Earth. Being ahead of her time she insulated her cottage and installed solar thermal panels. Jean attended the first public meeting held by Sheffield Renewables and leapt at the chance to be involved with like minded people, producing renewable energy.

In her spare time she enjoys DIY and gardening and helps out at the small ‘nature park’ near her house. Having worked in adult education teaching basic skills to adults, she now volunteers at Upperthorpe Library’s Homework Club. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.