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Jenny Saunders receives honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of National Energy Action (NECA), was presented with an honorary degree from Newcastle University in recognition of her efforts to end fuel poverty.

Presenting the award, Professor Phil Taylor, Director of the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University, said:

"We are very proud to work with such a fantastic organisation as NEA, led so brilliantly by Jenny Saunders, a Newcastle graduate.  The twin challenges of energy affordability and sustainability are important and require collaboration between academia and organisations like NEA if we are to make much needed progress. It is nice to be able to pause for a moment and celebrate Jenny's significant achievements with the award of an honorary degree."

Recognised for her work on Driving Policy and Action for Energy Justice and End to Fuel Poverty, Jenny is also a member of the government's Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, the energy regulator Ofgem's Sustainable Development Group and she sits on Sustainable Development Group. 

She is a Non-Executive Board Director of National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions Community Interest Company.  Jenny also sits on the Institute for Sustainability advisory board and is a trustee of NEA's sister organisation, Energy Action Scotland.

Having helped to establish a grant-making fund at the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to assist women to achieve their full potential, Jenny served on the Women’s Fund Committee for 5 years from 1999-2004.  She served as a trustee of the British Gas Energy Trust for 6 years until October 2010 and the Chesshire Lehmann Fund from 2009-2016 and was a member of EDF Energy’s CMA scrutiny panel. She is chair of a local community group in Newcastle.

A language graduate of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Jenny worked in Norway and in youth and community training programmes prior to joining NEA. She was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List for her services to the fuel poor.

Honorary Degrees 

Newcastle University has a long tradition of awarding Honorary degrees to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field – people who, through talent, endeavour and determination have made a significant contribution to society.

Read about other leading figures presented with Honorary degrees from Newcastle University. 


Jenny Saunders

published on: 15 December 2016