Jen is Chief Executive of Back on the Map, a community business with £4.5M of residential, commercial and land assets in Sunderland.  Jen spearheaded the transformation of BotM from the entirely government-funded New Deal for Communities programme to a self-sustaining enterprise that addresses the failing housing market, a poorly managed private rented sector and appalling lettings practices. Having bought and refurbished 74 empty or private rented houses and secured another £1M house purchase fund, BotM Enterprises generates six-figure surpluses which fund community services in a former library secured as an asset transfer from Sunderland Council.

Jen has worked with and for communities at a local, regional and national level for 34 years and firmly believes that true regeneration happens when power and control are in local hands.