Jean is a former Vice President (10yrs) of Equity and is currently an Equity Councillor She has recently been made an Honorary Life Member of The union.
Jean has been Chairman of BECS - the British Equity Collecting Society - since 2008. BECS is a separate organisation from Equity but was set up by Equity in 1998 for the collecting of monies for UK audiovisual performers from collecting societies abroad.
She is Chair of the Advertising in New Media working party which after many years of stalemate has, with the IPA, resumed documented co-operation for recording of advertising material. And, she was the Chair of the newly set up New Technology working party.
She has chaired successful West End negotiations and was the Chair of the Anti Censorship Working Party when "Jerry Springer the Opera" was under attack.
As a member of the Federation of International Artists (FIA) Equalities Steering Group she was involved in compiling data on the portrayal of women, with a special emphasis on the older woman. Recent research reveals that for every two male roles in a drama there is just one female... Make sure you join in the protest! Click here to go to the petition.
She now is a member of Equity/FIA's AudioVisual Social Dialogue between European Unions and Broadcasters.
Jean is a popular public speaker and can be booked for after-dinner and other speaking engagements via womenspeakers.co.uk
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When not studying her lines or appearing in front of an audience Jean has a very active lifestyle. She has a keen interest in painting and has recently sold some of her work. Her creative skills also extend to the written word in both prose and poetry.
Through the BBC School's TV programme Watch, presenting Radio 4's POETRY CORNER and writing scripts and presenting LISTEN WITH MOTHER for nearly ten years, as well as raising her own family, Jean has developed a great insight into the world of the pre-school child. This fuelled her involvement with the Pre-School Playgroup Association as well as other charities notably Leukaemia Research and Mencap. Jean presented a filmed documentary for Mencap alongside Sir Brian Rix.
Click here, or the image above, for a video of Jean's reaction to winning the TUC Women's Gold Badge!