Ever since a young age Jenny has been involved in ‘giving’ back whether that was part of her Duke of Edinburgh award or helping at local events. Often companies do not realize what voluntary activities employees are involved in so it’s worth spending some time finding out. As those who have attended the training course on procurement/bids/tenders that Jenny runs will know, ‘the devil is in the detail’ and you need to know who you are working with be that as an employee/employer or as a working partner.
For a number of years Jenny has been involved with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Two years ago she was asked to join the Scottish committee and is now the representative for the North and East of Scotland. This role involves organizing regular speakers and events along with attending committee meetings. Jenny is also involved with the Scottish Rural Parliament and as such the Scottish Rural Action Group and the transport working group.
Jenny is also involved with the Boat of Garten Community Company and more recently the Cairngorm LEADER where she was a LAG board member for some 3 years. The LAG are responsible for the spending of £4 million on rural communities and business in the area. Furthermore Jenny has been the driving force behind a transport project called Cairngorm Connected, with much of the work being voluntary. This has involved stakeholder management, sourcing of funding, meetings and working with local communities.
Jenny has been involved as a leader of the Duke of Edinburgh award as well as actively involved in instigating, developing and running an array of successful sporting events and championships, for example in motorsport. The success of the newly formed championship in 2003 (still running in 2017) has provided a legacy to rural economies with events now established and providing regular additional income to accommodation and food providers alike.
Since 2011, Jenny has also been involved with the Go4Set organization which helps to inspire children at school enter engineering. One year the theme was water and the schools involved had to assess water usage and how it could be improved in their school. Jenny supported one school nomination whereby the waste water from sinks was recycled into toilets by placing the sink where customarily the cistern would be. This innovative project led to Jacobs (the builder of the new secondary school) adopting the idea and installing the toilets in the new facility.
Finally, Jenny is participant of the Aberdeenshire Citizen Panel called Viewpoint.