Jennifer has been with Irish Seed Savers Association as General Manager since February 2017.
Initially coming on board for a 2 year term, she was brought in to strengthen the organisations financial and operational stability after we experienced a turbulent number of years. Jennifer’s remit as General Manager is also to develop our strategic sustainability, increasing our relevance in protection of our seed and tree collections as well as contributing to our work with the Department of Agriculture, Irish Environmental Network, and European Seed Projects.
A supporter of Irish Seed Savers for a number of years, prior to joining us Jennifer held senior management roles in development organisations in Papua New Guinea, and HR roles in Jamaica and Haiti. Jennifer’s focus has primarily been on team development and operational strengthening, particularly through times of change management for organisations. Her previous roles in Ireland were in entrepreneur development, event management, and public relations.
Jennifer was also voluntary Board Director for Healthy Food for All which was a policy group focusing on addressing food poverty in Ireland.
Jennifer has an academic background in Anthropology, Business, Geography and Development.
With an avid interest in travelling, learning, reading and exploring new opportunities, Jennifer has travelled extensively and is one day hoping to document these adventures.
In an effort to strengthen her support of the work of Irish Seed Savers, since she began with us Jennifer has completed the Charities Institute of Irelands Certificate in Fundraising, and is currently participating in the 2 year QQI Level 5 Organic Horticulture programme in The Organic College in Dromcollagher, Limerick.