Jennie Butterworth, Forum Member
Jennie was a Director of Policy and Public Affairs for a large national youth charity, where 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 led several in-school youth empowerment programmes, including a £6 million project to enable young people to develop projects to enhance their school grounds.