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Jennifer Summerton (Executive Director, HESPA)

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jennifer@hespa.ac.uk

Jen joined HESPA in 2014 as its first official staff member. Since then she has worked to develop its profile to ensure that the voice of the planning community is heard and represented in sector-wide discussion and debate. Improved membership services have also been a key part of Jen’s remit and, in addition to increasing the provision of strategic planning-related training, Jen has worked to forge stronger links between HESPA members internally to enable collaboration and sharing of best practice.

Prior to her role with HESPA, Jen worked at the University of Leicester and the University of Nottingham in various marketing, communications and international roles.

Jen is a qualified practitioner of PRINCE2 and MSP. Before joining the HE sector, she worked as a journalist and PR consultant in London and Islamabad.