Jess Steele

Jess Steele is the Support Officer for the North West of England, with additional multiple specialisms.

Jess has 25 years’ experience as a local community activist and entrepreneur in Deptford and Hastings and at national level as Deputy Chief Executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association and Director of Innovation at DTA/Locality, including leading the development and delivery of the national Community Organisers programme.

An active social entrepreneur for 25 years, she has established community enterprises in publishing, heritage, tourism, childcare, financial management, workspace, and neighbourhood development.

Jericho Road Solutions provides coaching to neighbourhood groups and community businesses as well as working with government, funders, corporates and academics on national initiatives to make neighbourhood work easier. Building on her experience of saving Hastings Pier, Jess specialises in supporting ambitious local projects to rescue the most challenging of precious buildings across England and Wales. She was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours for services to community assets in the UK.