Jen is a social researcher and policy analyst, focusing on family and early childhood. She is interested in creating conditions that improve opportunity for the least advantaged in society.
Most of this work she does as Director of her company Character Counts, working with partners including Royal Society for the Arts, Brookings Institute, Design Council, Guy & St Thomas’s Hospital Foundation Trust, CentreFroum, and the all party parliamentary group on social mobility, Demos, and the government’s ‘nudge’ unit.
She is Dutch and American, and most at home in the UK.
Why are we afraid to judge?
"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student