Jenny’s successful career in the aerospace industry began in 1971, as a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate apprentice with British Aerospace.
Her career culminated in industrial responsibility for determining the future of UK civil aviation through its forthcoming technology programmes; when, working with Government and other industry leaders, Jenny established the huge, multi-million pound UK Aerospace Research and Technology (R&T) programme, designated ‘Next Generation Composite Wing’.
Jenny works as an active supporter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) development in schools. She is keen to encourage diversity in the aviation industry and to dispel engineering stereotypes.
In May 2013 she became the first-ever female President of the Royal Aeronautical Society of which she is a Fellow. She is now Chair of its Education and Skills Committee.
In 2010 she was awarded an OBE for her services to engineering. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from University of West of England in July 2013 and in October 2013 she became a Fellow of City and Guilds of London Institute.