Jennie Hawks has had a wide experience of working in the voluntary, public and private sectors, having started her working life as a teacher. Her work experience has included running an EU Network in work experience for disabled undergraduates and graduates ( Leonardo da Vinci programme), managing the London Centre for a US university.
Additionally she has had experience of equal opportunities management in the private sector, and chairing health service complaints panels.
From 2007-2013 she worked as the Historic Places of Worship Support Officer for the Diocese of Norwich, England, which has over 600 churches. She gained a great deal of experience of working with both rural and urban churches in encouraging churches to be open and welcoming as well as centres for use by local communities.
Since 2013 she has lived in Cambridge. She is Trustee Secretary of Building Crafts and Conservation Foundation. She also works with the Future for Religious Heritage an EU organisation. In Cambridge she is Chairman of the Friends of Cambridge Early Music.