Jessica is passionate about building sustainable food and retail systems. Her interest has been built over a lifetime - she grew up (literally for many years!) in pubs/restaurants owned and run by her father (whose childhood was spent on the family's farm in rural Ireland, and is the best chef she knows) and mother.
She started her career at McKinsey where she worked with a number of companies and organisations across the public and private sector, from Melbourne to Lincolnshire. She spent a year based in Addis Ababa, working on a UK government (DfID) funded programme across East Africa to galvanise private sector investment into sustainable forestry and land use, where she focused on creating sustainable supply chains for forest products.
Jessica joined SYSTEMIQ from Greencore, the world's largest sandwich maker and a private label manufacturer of food-to-go, ready meals and convenience foods in the UK and the USA. She held roles in strategy and M&A, headed category management, and ran change programmes with the five largest sole-supply customers in the UK.
Jessica holds a first class degree in History and a masters with distinction in Modern History where she focused on the Consumer Revolution, Manufacturing in the USA and modern British social history.
Outside of work you'll find Jessica supporting the female leaders of tomorrow through mentoring and her role as a Governor at her childhood secondary school, travelling or playing netball.