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My experience

Current role and projects

I am responsible for parliamentary engagement for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain.
This means that I liaise with parliamentarians, engage with other charities, campaigning groups and faith
bodies, and encourage Quakers across Britain to get involved in politics.

Specific projects which fit into my role include work on the 2015 general election, our consideration of
the Lobbying Act, and conferences for politically engaged young Quakers.

I am also a co-opted member of the JRCT Power and Accountability board.

Previous political experience

From 2005 until 2007 I worked as a Parliamentary Researcher to Alistair Burt MP, then Shadow Minister
for Regeneration and Communities and now a Minister in the Department of Health. While in this position
I worked on Lord Heseltine’s Cities Taskforce. I was named as “Conservative Researcher of the Year 2007”
by the House Magazine. I’m not a member of any political party.

From 2007 until 2013 I  worked for the Electoral Commission and for the Local Government Boundary
Commission for England, both of which are independent organisations which report directly to Parliament
and are given authority by the Speaker. I have monitored elections and had considerable stakeholder
contact with local government.

Voluntary experience

I work most within two different sectors: the faith sector, and the women’s sector.

I am currently treasurer to Westminster Quaker meeting, managing the books for our large meeting
house in the centre of London. Between 2010 and 2013 I was a trustee and manager for Young Friends
General Meeting, a national Quaker charity which brings together young adults to explore spirituality
and live faithfully.  I made decisions on policy, strategic planning, and staffing and office issues.

I am a founding member of two feminist initiatives: Women Speak Out and Women’s History Month.
Women Speak Out is a travelling consciousness raising group. Women’s History Month is a partner to the
LGBT, Black and Disabled History Months, and seeks to promote the achievements of women. Although I
have since moved on, both Women Speak Out and Women’s History Month are still going.

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Welcome to my site

Thank you for visiting my website.

My name is Jessica, and I work for
Quakers in Britain on political
engagement.

If you are interested in contacting
me as a Quaker, email
jessicam@quaker.org.uk

Otherwise, email me in a personal
capacity at
jessica@metheringhamowlett.co.uk

Jess
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