We are delighted to welcome Jessie Joe Jacobs as Director of the NIC.
Jessie has had an extensive and successful career in both the charity and political sector. She is the founder and former Chief Executive of the award-winning A Way Out, a women and young people’s charity in Teesside. The NIC is made of four leading North East charities which deliver services to over 100,000 people around issues such as homelessness, addictions, inclusion, and mental ill-health.
Jessie Joe Jacobs says:
I am delighted to have joined the NIC at this time. The NIC delivers some fantastic services across the North East, enabling those with multiple needs to get into work and be more included in their communities. There is also huge potential beyond what we are already doing. Collectively, our partners deliver services to over 100,000 people and have a turnover of over £80 million. We have a unique insight into the major issues and needs in the North and have vast amounts of experience in meeting these needs and understanding these issues. I am looking forward to helping the NIC release and tap into that potential.
Paul Hayes, Chair of the NIC, says:
The NIC has demonstrated its capacity to effectively deliver multi-million pound contracts across the North East to improve the lives and life chances of our communities. Important though these services are, we are keen to move beyond delivery to engage more actively with local and national government, their agencies, and communities themselves, to shape lasting solutions to the systemic challenges facing individuals and the region as a whole. Jessie’s role as the Director of the NIC will better enable us to move forward in this direction.