Jean is Chief Executive of St Basils in Birmingham and prior to that has over 20 years’ experience of managing housing and neighbourhood services in a number of local authorities in the North East and Midlands. She is currently co-opted on BSHP Executive in her role as Third Sector Assembly Champion for Housing.
Previous roles include Chair of Birmingham Social Housing Partnership, Community Partner on Kings Norton NDC, Board Member of Urban Living, Exec Board Member of Regional Housing Partnership. She is Chair of the West Midlands Homelessness Forum and contributes to national research and policy on young people and homelessness. Jean chairs the National Youth Homeless Parliament.
In December 2006, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of Birmingham.