Jessica Taplin, Forum Member
Jessica joined vInspired as its new CEO in Spring 2016. She joined from Get Connected, the UK telephone helpline for under 25s, where she oversaw a 27% increase in the number of young people supported, reaching 228,000 last year. She had a strong focus on developing innovative programmes, including the Nesta and Cabinet Office funded Digital Connectors project, which provides support to young people via web chats and has increased volunteer numbers by 30%, and a Department for Education funded crisis counselling phone service.
Jessica is passionate about meaningful collaborative partnerships, and over the last year has negotiated and led Get Connected to the point of imminent merger with Youth Net, creating a new organisation with youth psychological health and well-being support at its heart. In 2014 she won an ACEVO Judge’s Recognition Award for her dedicated leadership style and Get Connected has recently been shortlisted for a Guardian Charity Award.