After several years lecturing in law at the University of Leicester, Jackie joined the European Court of Justice in 1984, working initially on research and later as a referendaire (law clerk) to two of the British judges at the Court, Lord Slynn and Sir David Edward.

The bulk of her career was, however, spent in the European Commission, principally in the Directorate General responsible for the Single Market, where she worked on a range of policies including mutual recognition of professional qualifications, industrial and intellectual property and the external aspects of the internal market. In 2008, she became Director for consumer policy and also took on responsibility for the regulation of cosmetics and medical devices, a role which involved cooperating with other key regulators globally.

In 2013, Jackie left Brussels to become Head of the Commission’s Representation to the United Kingdom in London, a post she occupied until retirement in 2017. Her tenure therefore encompassed David Cameron’s negotiation, the 2016 referendum which resulted in British withdrawal from the EU and its initial aftermath.

Since then, Jackie maintains an interest in consumer matters, as a member of the Consumer Panel of the Civil Aviation Authority and by working with the National Consumer Federation and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. She is an independent governor of the University of Brighton and a member of the Senior European Experts group.

Now living in the Northamptonshire countryside, any spare time is absorbed by her garden and walking her dog.

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