Jessica Hughes

Community Investment Manager, Southern Co-op


As Community Investment Manager, Jessica is responsible for developing the strategic direction and programmes for Southern Co-op's community engagement in their 250+ retail stores and end of life services across the south of England. With over 12 years worth of experience in building relationships between businesses and community organisations, and having worked both in the third sector and corporate business, she is passionate about creating mutually beneficial partnerships and building a culture of neighbourliness within business where social action becomes the norm. With an approach that focuses on local needs and local organisations, whilst empowering colleagues to take action in their own communities, she designed the Love Your Neighbourhood programme which helped her small team to win CSR Team of the Year award in 2019 and has contributed over £2.2million back to local charities since its launch at the end of 2016.

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