Jenny Thompson has worked for more than 25 years in the Illawarra, across a variety of roles in the community sector, vocational education and health. She is currently the Manager of Library and Community Services with Wollongong City Council, with prior experience as the Faculty Director for Human Services Tourism and Hospitality with TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute.

Having served on a broad range of not for profit boards and management committees throughout her career, Jenny is currently the President of Southern Youth and Family Services, an organisation that delivers diverse services to young people at risk of homelessness and their families and she is a member of the NSW government’s Multicultural NSW Illawarra Regional Advisory Council.

Jenny holds a number of qualifications, that reflect her career pathway - an undergraduate degree in Social Work, a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and a Master of Public Administration. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jenny is working towards a Doctoral degree at the University of Wollongong at the moment, researching the dynamic relationship between organisational capability and community capacity in the achievement of local government innovation.