After a career in nursing, senior roles with the Royal College of Nursing and working as a training and development consultant, Jennette found her natural home as a campaigner within political and public life. She was a councillor in Islington for eight years, including a term as deputy mayor, and was then elected to the London Assembly as a London-wide Assembly Member in 2000. Since 2004, she has proudly represented North East London on the London Assembly, covering the Boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest.
With Guests at IWD2013 at City Hall Jennette has been a constant supporter of women’s rights, she is particularly involved in highlighting issues of domestic violence across all of London’s communities.
Jennette is a keen supporter of young people and finds time to mentor and encourage a number of young Londoners as they carve out their own careers in a variety of sectors across the UK, and helped launch an initiative for women working in the creative industry, called Digital Women UK.
Jennette was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East London (UEL) in 2008 for her services to the community and an OBE in 2009 for her services to local government and London.
She is a governor of the UEL and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington, is Patron of the UK Association of Forensic Nursing (UKAFN), the Waltham Forest Christian Kitchen and Pan-Arts, a Council Member of the Royal Court Theatre and is a keen supporter of Arsenal FC.