Manager | Head of International Projects
Jess has over a decade in social impact work in both developed and developing countries. At Aleron, she leads on complex strategy, operational engagement and impact measurement and management projects across large charities and foundations. Jess has worked in a wide range of sectors from environment and sustainability through to education and health. She draws on her extensive experience in both academic qualitative and quantitative analysis as well as on-the-ground implementation and leadership in varying contexts, to bring a creative, flexible and robust insight to her work at Aleron. As Head of International Projects, Jess leads on our international project development and delivery.
Prior to Aleron, Jess worked at Ark, an international education charity developing schools to serve local communities of historical deprivation. Here she focused on programme management, strategy and government engagement. Before this, Jess worked with a number of NGOs across South Africa – in areas including health, sanitation, education and social justice – bringing expertise in campaign development and facilitation as well as a deep commitment to and understanding of social impact.
Jess holds a First-class MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Economic History as well as BA Honours in Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Jess is also a Prince2 accredited Practitioner.
- Working with an international foundation based in the US, to develop their Theory of Change, organisational strategy and impact framework.
- Led the food and environment strategy development for one of the UK’s largest independent foundations, covering their grant-making, social investment and advocacy activities.
- Designed a new performance and impact management system for an international emigrant support programme, enhancing the visibility of impact data and supporting strategic decision making.